I know that newspapers are getting desperate for revenue streams, but I think this decision for the New York Times to begin charging for content will be a nail in the paper’s coffin. They’ll make a few bucks, but lose a lot of online readership.
“The news” is too accessible online. Charging for content at this point is like trying to stop Niagara Falls with a stack of nickels.
According to New York Magazine, the New York Times may soon announce they’ll begin charging for web site access, putting one of the most popular and venerable online news destinations behind a paywall. NY Mag speculates that they’ll be metering access so that readers can sample a set number of articles for free each day, after which they’ll be prompted to subscribe. [New York Magazine]