The New York Times says it will charge readers for full access to its Web site starting in 2011, a risky move aimed at increasing online revenue without driving away advertisers that want the biggest possible audience. The potential pitfalls have made most other major newspapers hesitant to take a similar step. But after months of deliberation, the Times said Wednesday that it will use a metered system, allowing free access to a certain number of articles each month and then charging users for additional content.
Let’s face it, newspapers are dying because of the internet and it only makes sense that they charge some small fee for particular content. Besides, I’m very confident (read, positive) their charges won’t be as absurd as Ingenta’s, which, amazingly (read absurdly or grotesquely or wickedly or whatever term you like to denote highway robbery) is happy to charge over $40 for one essay that’s just 5 pages long!
[Honestly, that’s just stupid. It doesn’t cost Ingenta a penny in postage for you to download an essay they already have in electronic format sitting on a server somewhere and yet they have the gall to charge a fortune. I guess they’re having to pay all their peer reviewers… I’d only pay that much if Dale came to the house and read the essay out loud to me.]