i just reached my New York Times monthly limit on free articles for the first time since they changed their system in March… maybe that should indicate to me that’s it’s not such a big deal, i mean, so far it’s the only time it happened (with 15 days left in the month…) but still.
maybe i’m not such an avid reader, and maybe they are right for charging a small fee - there’s a lot of good free content constantly available and i’ve certainly been spoiled by that. maybe this is the right model, who am i to say what this international journalistic power should do?
however, if i had to mention a couple points of this new model, they would be as follows:
1. why doesn’t a slide show pertaining to an article count as part of the article? it seems not to. when i was on my “last free article”, which i was amply warned about, i calmly read the content and then clicked to view the related slide show, which was blocked by the offers to pay for subscription - that was it. i was done.
2. why can’t i view one of the articles i have already seen as part of my 20 free? is this impossible to keep track of or something, because i doubt that very much. after the slide show denial, i tried to click back to an article i looked at the very same day and the screen darkened (literally) and that box with the offers to subscribe showed up again.