Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?
The New York Times appear to be preping online readers for their long awaited (and widely talked about) monetization push in a thinly disguised "story" about Newspapers and content.
Here's the interesting bit:
The New York Times on the Web, which is owned by The New York Times Company, has been considering charging for years and is expected to make an announcement soon about its plans. In January, The Times's Web site had 1.4 million unique daily visitors. Its daily print circulation averaged 1,124,000 in 2004, down from its peak daily circulation of 1,176,000 in 1993.
Executives at The Times have suggested that the paper, which already charges for its crossword puzzle, news alerts and archives online, may start charging for other portions of its content, but would not follow the Journal model, which charges online readers $79 a year for everything.
Hello small subscriber base, goodbye links and relevancy...