Comments on: NYT paywall datapoints of the day http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: NoSix http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35771 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:59:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35771 Unfortunately, the Times doesn’t seemed to have plowed even a dime of this windfall back into proofreading and copy editing.

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By: RogerT http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35670 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 07:46:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35670 Don’t count the NYT chickens before they hatch.

Some unknown but presumably large number of regular visitors were given free digital ‘scrips for the first year, followed by a 99c option for another 6 weeks before falling into the full-scrip trap. This amnesty program ends in about a week. I predict thousands of people will drop the NYT and not look back — this poster being one.

The price is ridiculous when put up against arguably better information on good news sites that is available for free. Bring the price down, or bundle it with, say, the Financial Times, the Economist, or some other worthy source. It’s the height of narcissism to expect such hefty payment for the 75% fluff that is the NYT.

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By: skyman123 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35668 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 15:10:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35668 I like the physical Sunday paper. There is still no comparison, in my book, to actually reading it in large format and on a tablet device. Perhaps it’s just a preference from my youth that will disappear, but while it’s here I’ll continue to enjoy it.

And the post by VoltairesGripe is interesting. You know, when I was in my teens and 20’s and not making much money I was concerned with hacking into things and getting them for nothing. Now that I’m older I’m MORE likely to subscribe to something I find valuable. And the only way I find it valuable is to sample it for a long time. So, unlike you, I subscribe because it’s worth it to me not to have to fiddle with my browser and have unrestricted access. You’re perpetuating the myth that these data refutes. It’s the same one that causes the music and recording industry to cling tightly to stupid copy protection instead of embracing the new digital world.

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By: VoltairesGripe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35665 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 01:06:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35665 It is absurdly easy to get around the paywall. Step one: Use Firefox for your browser. Step two: Go to “Tools” and turn on Private Browsing, which prevents cookies. Step three: Go to Google News and find a Times article to enter the site. You now have the ability to read 20 articles.

If you wish to read another twenty, simply close your browser, open it again, and repeat.

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By: klhoughton http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35644 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:27:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35644 What owe.jessen Said. One of the things about taking Sunday delivery is that you “get” to be “a NYT editor,” throwing out sections that would never be touched anyway.

That said, my current NYT relationship is the same as colburn’s: don’t use the site, and only access articles from Twitter/FB links. (Strangely, despite the claims about how the paywall runs, this still gets notices about running low/out of the “20 free” articles per month.)

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By: owe.jessen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35637 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 10:12:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35637 I have an explanation for less digital churn: If I get a daily paper which I don’t read, I will get heaps of paper which become a burden to dispose of, and a constant reminder of paying a product I don’t use. With digital subscription the only reminder is the monthly deduction from the bank account, which might be below my threashold of care, depending on income.

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By: uprof http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35635 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:42:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35635 @C-Ealy: Indeed; it’s not an option where I live, and snail mail delivery of the Sunday paper often comes circa Tuesday or Wednesday.

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By: C-Ealy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35632 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:04:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35632 Delivery of the Sunday paper is not an option in some parts of the country.

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By: gregbrown http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35631 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 02:00:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35631 So much easier to justify the digital edition for me since there are so many more ways in, through the links I click on each day (and the addictive/reflexive visits to NYTimes.com to see if anything’s happened). With the paper edition, I have to steel myself for tackling it as a whole. And while I don’t get the same completist feel I would with subscribing to the paper, there is the vague sense that I’ve been on that website a whole lot this month!

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By: Snyderico http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/02/02/nyt-paywall-datapoints-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-35630 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 01:57:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=12084#comment-35630 So the 390,000 are digital only subscribers? Shouldn’t we also be counting many of the Sunday + digital and Sat/Sun + digital subscribers as digital subscribers when analyzing the paywall? I would have been a digital only subscriber but when they gave the weekend paper away for less than nothing, I took it.

It’s important I think for my 2 little kids to see a newspaper. If I’m on the computer or my ipad, for all the kids know I’m playing Angry Birds. Watching my father and sitting at the kitchen table with him with the paper (or 2 or 3) spread all around is how I became interested in the newspaper.

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