The New York Times paywall went up yesterday, meaning users now have to pay for access to their website. However, if you’ve already purchased a NYT subscription on your Kindle, you will not have to pay extra to view NYTimes.com. Amazon announced yesterday that the $20/month fee to read the NYT on the Kindle will also include unlimited website access. In a statement, they said:
“Customers love reading The New York Times on their Kindles,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “Given The Times’ transition to a digital subscription model, we’re excited to be able to offer Kindle subscribers online access to all the digital content available at NYTimes.com at no additional cost.”
“The Times’ digital subscription plan was designed to offer access to our high-quality journalism across a variety of platforms,” said Yasmin Namini, senior vice president, marketing and circulation, and general manager, reader applications, The New York Times Media Group. “New York Times readers on Kindle are a very loyal and important audience, and we are pleased be able to include online access as part of their subscription experience.”
Similarly, the NYT iPad app costs $20/month and comes with unlimited website access. The smartphone app plus website access will run you $15/month.
No date has been set for this to go into effect, but Amazon says customers will be notified via email in the coming weeks.
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