Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site


Finally!

Dear NYTimes.com Readers:

Effective Sept. 19, we are ending TimesSelect. All of our online readers will now be able to read Times columnists, access our archives back to 1987 and enjoy many other TimesSelect features that have been added over the last two years – free.

If you are a paying TimesSelect subscriber, you will receive a prorated refund. We will send you an e-mail on Wednesday, Sept. 19 with full details.

Why the change?

Since we launched TimesSelect in 2005, the online landscape has altered significantly. Readers increasingly find news through search, as well as through social networks, blogs and other online sources. In light of this shift, we believe offering unfettered access to New York Times reporting and analysis best serves the interest of our readers, our brand and the long-term vitality of our journalism. We encourage everyone to read our news and opinion – as well as share it, link to it and comment on it.

We welcome all online readers to enjoy the popular and powerful voices that have defined Times commentary – Maureen Dowd, Thomas L. Friedman, Frank Rich, Gail Collins, Paul Krugman, David Brooks, Bob Herbert, Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen. And we invite them to become acquainted with our exclusive online journalism – columns by Stanley Fish, Maira Kalman, Dick Cavett and Judith Warner; the Opinionator blog; and guest forums by scientists, musicians and soldiers on the frontlines in Iraq. All this will now reach a broader audience in the United States and around the world.

This month we mark the 156th anniversary of the first issue of The New York Times. Our long, distinguished history is rooted in a commitment to innovation, experimentation and constant change. All three themes were plainly evident in the skillful execution of TimesSelect; they will be on full display as NYTimes.com becomes entirely open.

Sincerely,

Vivian Schiller
Senior Vice President & General Manager
NYTimes.com

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Published in: on September 18, 2007 at 7:06 pm  Comments (9)  

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  1. Hi donkeyod

    Thank you very much.

    I have been enjoyed your Timesselect password.

    So I can read Paul Krugman column.

    Thank you. Have a nice day!

  2. It looks like the NYT ended up agreeing with you after all that Times columns should be freely available to all!

    Thanks Jenny for your brave generosity these past months.

  3. Brave generosity sounds about right to me too. Thank you very much for that.

  4. Just another passerby who will remember how you aided both myself and those on my mailing list.
    In a way, you were doing the yeoman’s work that pamphleteers performed on the east coast of this nation over 130 years ago – the last time our country was ruled by a corrupt and corporatist (East India corp.) power elite who sneered at those not as privileged and powerful as their limited and brain dead clique.

    You performed in a limited, but important and appreciated way, as a patriot.

    Thanks much!

  5. Thank you for your help!

  6. thank you very much

  7. Jenny , thank you so much for sharing your pass. Still, I prefer visiting your site and reading selection of articles. Cheers,

  8. Hi Jenny,
    I extend my thanks also.
    Plus I appreciate the other articles that you offer as suggested readings.
    Minnesota Central

  9. Thanks Jen. I’m just a mom who wants to know what the heck is goin’ on… you have helped so much. Still checking in daily.


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