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NYTimes.com To Launch Premium Service Next Monday: Will Fans Pay for Famed Columnists?
Editor and Publisher ^ | September 13, 2005 | By Jay DeFoore

Posted on 09/14/2005 5:13:02 AM PDT by ovrtaxt

Come Monday, Sept. 19, fans of New York Times columnists Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, and David Brooks will have to break out their credit cards. Sept. 19 is the launch date of TimesSelect, a new subscription service designed to diversify the newspaper's revenue stream beyond traditional Web site advertising.

The popular Op-Ed columnists are the main selling point behind the $49.95 a year subscription. (The service will be free for the paper's home delivery subscribers). The paper's news, features, editorials, and analysis will remain free, as will interactive graphics, multimedia, and video.

TimesSelect subscribers will also have the ability to access up to 100 articles a month from the Times's 25-year digital archive. To sweeten the pot even further, the Times is offering a number of new services, including the ability to save and organize articles in a personal "Times File," an e-mail alert service, and early access to certain Sunday sections.

In an editor's letter posted Monday, NYTimes.com Editor Len Apcar called TimesSelect "an important step in the development of The New York Times."

But the move is not without its risks. The Times is likely to see a drop-off in page views, which advertisers covet, at least initially. But if successful, the move could embolden other publishers to begin experimenting with limited online subscription models.


An overview of TimesSelect offerings is available here.

Early response in the blogosphere was not positive. One popular blogger, John Aravosis at Americablog, predicted what many fans of Times' columnist might do: "People will still get copies of the articles, they'll still email them around the Net, some Web sites will still republish the entire articles illegally, and we'll end up linking to those sites instead of the New York Times (it ain't illegal to link)."

He added, commenting on "free" falling: "If the Times' idea catches on, this really could be the beginning of the end of the current state of Internet news."


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Oh man, this is rich!
1 posted on 09/14/2005 5:13:03 AM PDT by ovrtaxt
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To: ovrtaxt

Anyone who would pay for Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman is too stupid to be allowed out in public.


2 posted on 09/14/2005 5:14:43 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: ovrtaxt

PAY for access to Dowd, Krugman, et al?

That's like building a turnstile and ticket booth at the county dump!


3 posted on 09/14/2005 5:14:43 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL, this is going to tank fasst!


4 posted on 09/14/2005 5:15:22 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: ovrtaxt
The NYT is desperate for revenue.
5 posted on 09/14/2005 5:15:55 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: Miss Marple

Well, if they archive all paying subscribers, it would make it that much easier to find them and clean up the gene pool!

JUST KIDDING


6 posted on 09/14/2005 5:16:36 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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To: ovrtaxt

DNC talking points clearing house.


7 posted on 09/14/2005 5:17:43 AM PDT by nairBResal
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To: ovrtaxt

Sign me up!

[BugMe]NOT!


8 posted on 09/14/2005 5:18:14 AM PDT by cloud8 (No more pix of Helen Thomas or Ted Kennedy!!)
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To: ovrtaxt

Can I get a "hell, no!"


9 posted on 09/14/2005 5:18:34 AM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: ovrtaxt

I wouldn't give them my name for a free look, It would be a cold day in a blast furnace that I'll pay!

Ha ha!


10 posted on 09/14/2005 5:19:20 AM PDT by Barney59 (I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.)
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL!

Ha ha!


11 posted on 09/14/2005 5:19:55 AM PDT by Barney59 (I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.)
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To: ovrtaxt
"If the Times' idea catches on, this really could be the beginning of the end of the current state of Internet news."

Common sense tells me that this could be the beginning of the end of the NYTimes...

12 posted on 09/14/2005 5:20:15 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: manwiththehands

Desparate....Period....


13 posted on 09/14/2005 5:21:41 AM PDT by litehaus
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To: ovrtaxt

Unfortunately, these aweful syndicated columnists are still available in other newspapers. Not sure about online though, but I can certainly type out a quote as well as the next guy.


14 posted on 09/14/2005 5:21:42 AM PDT by meyer (The DNC prefers advancing the party at the expense of human lives.)
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To: ovrtaxt
"If the Times' idea catches on, this really could be the beginning of the end of the current state of Internet news."

LOL! They wish.

15 posted on 09/14/2005 5:23:01 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: ovrtaxt

Can the slime spell irrelevancy?


16 posted on 09/14/2005 5:23:54 AM PDT by bubman
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To: ovrtaxt

you could still go to www.cpusa.org and get the same for free


17 posted on 09/14/2005 5:25:19 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: texianyankee

If the slime is being advised by the likes of Krugman on business direction, then it's over. Watch them reach for a handout from the feds. God, I never thought I would witness ther irrelevance of the NYSlime.Ba bye.


18 posted on 09/14/2005 5:25:54 AM PDT by bubman
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To: ovrtaxt

D N C talking points....


19 posted on 09/14/2005 5:26:33 AM PDT by Broker (Semper Fi)
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To: texianyankee
"If the Times' idea catches on, this really could be the beginning of the end of the current state of Internet news."

wishing so won't make it so.

The internet has torpedoed any credibilty the nyt had. Hiding behind subscribers will not protect them from scrutiny.

20 posted on 09/14/2005 5:27:01 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: ovrtaxt

Pay for maureen dowd and paul krugman? LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!

They'd have to pay me! No, wait a minute. They couldn't pay me enough money to get me to read either one of them! LOLOL!


21 posted on 09/14/2005 5:27:04 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: Miss Marple
Anyone who would pay for Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman is too stupid to be allowed out in public.

Except in NYC and Boston where the standard is MUCH lower than it is in the rest of the country.

22 posted on 09/14/2005 5:27:19 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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If a columnist writes an op-ed you have to pay to read, does it make a sound? When was the last time anyone cared about a Salon article?


23 posted on 09/14/2005 5:30:08 AM PDT by vollmond (Careful with that axe, Eugene!)
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To: ovrtaxt

Glad their putting these Slimes loons "behind bars" so to speak. I wish them all the financial success they deserve.


24 posted on 09/14/2005 5:32:47 AM PDT by Cautor
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To: ovrtaxt

I think the New York Times has hit on the next big idea in modern media -- the use of on-line subscriptions to launder money and circumvent campaign finance restrictions.


25 posted on 09/14/2005 5:34:47 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: ovrtaxt

This is great. It will help to slow the spread of leftist propaganda.


26 posted on 09/14/2005 5:36:11 AM PDT by frankjr (I demand a Congressional Investigation!!!! What was the question again?)
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL! To think of paying good money for Mo or Navel-gazer Brooks...


27 posted on 09/14/2005 5:37:28 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Alberta's Child

Hmmm. You think? The IRS has ways of tracking that, right?


28 posted on 09/14/2005 5:43:58 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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MEMO TO THE TIMES:

ALL YOUR COLUMNS ARE BELONG TO US.

HUGS AND KISSES,
FREE REPUBLIC


29 posted on 09/14/2005 5:45:30 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Stop the looting! The IRS hates competition.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Sure, but the IRS would have a hard time making the case that any laws were violated. And in the case of campaign finance rules, I couldn't think of an easier way for a candidate or political party to use these subscriptions to circumvent the rules.


30 posted on 09/14/2005 5:45:59 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: ovrtaxt

Drudge is going to pull their links...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1484167/posts


31 posted on 09/14/2005 5:46:53 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Miss Marple
That's worse than suscribing to Salon!
32 posted on 09/14/2005 5:48:05 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”)
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To: Alberta's Child
"I think the New York Times has hit on the next big idea in modern media -- the use of on-line subscriptions to launder money..."

There will be a subscription for every (almost) kindergarten to graduate level library around the country.
Every lib non profit and union office will be on board. This is just extra cash from their co-conspirators and has little to do with the star status of their columnists.
33 posted on 09/14/2005 5:49:12 AM PDT by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: proud American in Canada

LOL!! Yeah that's a good one. The NYT setting the standard for internet news!! Next thing you know Hyundai will be setting the standards in the NASCAR rules committee!!


34 posted on 09/14/2005 5:50:25 AM PDT by Space Wrangler
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To: ovrtaxt

I'M MELTING, I'M MELTING!


35 posted on 09/14/2005 5:53:15 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Space Wrangler
Next thing you know Hyundai will be setting the standards in the NASCAR rules committee!!

LOL!

36 posted on 09/14/2005 5:54:11 AM PDT by proud American in Canada
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To: Miss Marple

Hmmmm...Interesting...

Compare this to Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal who publish the Opinion Journal (give away opinions) while charging for information (WSJ online is subscription-based)...seems the NYT believes that its online readers value its opinion over the actual news it provides...


37 posted on 09/14/2005 5:55:03 AM PDT by vrwconspiracist
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To: ovrtaxt

Electronic Err America.


38 posted on 09/14/2005 6:07:59 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Pietro

Hiding behind subscribers will not protect them from scrutiny.


Good point. Didn't think of it that way.


39 posted on 09/14/2005 6:10:25 AM PDT by FishFace222
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To: ovrtaxt

Will they also require pay to view the corrections page? Often, one can find almost entire Krugman columns there soon after the original publication. Or you can find them at NR where they have a space dedicated to ridiculing Krugman and others almost line by line.


40 posted on 09/14/2005 6:16:01 AM PDT by metalcor
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To: Miss Marple

They will make money on the subscriber e-mails by selling them to the Dems in the next fundraising cycle.


41 posted on 09/14/2005 6:18:07 AM PDT by colonialhk (sooprize sooprize sooprize)
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To: vrwconspiracist

That is an excellent point!!


42 posted on 09/14/2005 6:25:34 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's son and keep him strong.)
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To: ovrtaxt

ROFLMAO. Who would pay to read Dowd?


43 posted on 09/14/2005 6:26:57 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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"NYTimes.com To Launch Premium Service Next Monday: Will Fans Pay for Famed Columnists?"

No! Well only the leftist morons who hang on every lie will anti up 50 bucks to read this swill.

I have an idea for an additional Times revenue stream. It is called telling the truth. There is approximately 60% of the population out there who will not touch this bird cage liner because of its pandering to the left.

By just telling the truth as reporters rather than leftist editorialists, you open up a revenue stream that will generate millions ofd dollars annually. For further reference as to how this works, see Fox News.






44 posted on 09/14/2005 6:29:43 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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The popular Op-Ed columnists...

Like athlete's foot they are everywhere, but that doesn't make them popular.

They are popular amongst the leftist readers of Editor & Publisher, who relish foisting them on their captive readers along with the unfunny Doonesbury.

No one is going to pay good money for their rants.

45 posted on 09/14/2005 6:32:42 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: ovrtaxt

LOL. Do you think there is ONE SINGLE PERSON out there right now that is saying, "Heyyy, that sounds like a great deal! Honey, where's the checkbook?"


46 posted on 09/14/2005 6:32:59 AM PDT by Jhensy
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Its too high a subscription price. $50 a year to read liberal crap? Excuse me but I can spend $50 on much more important things.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
47 posted on 09/14/2005 6:34:30 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: bubman
Send them your regards. I did.

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/help/infoservdirectory.html#a

48 posted on 09/14/2005 6:38:08 AM PDT by CT
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To: ovrtaxt

It's really amusing to think that the NYT heads think their columnists are so good that we peons need to pay to receive their wisdom.


49 posted on 09/14/2005 6:39:10 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: ovrtaxt

oh yeah. gonna run out and order subscriptions for Christmas presents. Ha,ha. This oughta be awesome.


50 posted on 09/14/2005 6:48:44 AM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for our country than anyone can ever imagine. He is solid as a rock)
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