by Mike Masnick

Why The NY Times Shouldn't Charge -- Part II

from the exactly dept

Last week, the news came out that the NY Times was thinking about adding a subscription fee to their online version. At the time, we gave a bunch of reasons why it seemed like a backwards move that would only hasten the downfall of the newspaper. Long time technology and business reporter (even for the NYT) Michael S. Malone has written up a much more compelling explanation for why a subscription fee would kill the times, describing it as sacrificing "long-term influence to short-term profits." The problem is that the NY Times doesn't realize that influence is the currency of the news market these days, and closing yourself off actually decreases your influence significantly. In fact, he points out the funniest part about the NYT's thinking on the subject. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. complains that they can't "train" a generation of news readers to expect news for free. Malone points out how laughable it is that the NYTs thinks that they, alone, can train anyone on how they should read the news.

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    nobody, 14 Jan 2005 @ 11:08am


    I refuse to read any news site that makes me log in first. so, I'm definitely not going pay for it.

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    nonuser, 15 Jan 2005 @ 10:22am

    65 percent solution

    The online version of the story should carry, for free, the most important 65 percent of each feature story, the rest could be available for paid subscribers.

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