Yay! Free New York Times! The NYT will discontinue its pay wall tomorrow, freeing the opinions of various smart people to roam the internet unchecked by that pesky $7.95 per month subscription fee. Oh, happy day.
“We now believe by opening up all our content and unleashing what will be millions and millions of new documents, combined with phenomenal growth, that that will create a revenue stream that will more than exceed the subscription revenue,” the web site’s Vice President and General Manager Vivian Schiller said.
All visitors to NYTimes.com will have free access to articles dating back to 1987, as well as to the paper’s archives from 1851 to 1922. The Times said it will continue to charge a fee for access to its archive from 1923 to 1986. Thankfully, we already know everything that happened during that period of time. Ahem.
Those of who you’ve already paid for the Times will get prorated refunds, or, naturally, you will tell us about it.