The Times Opens Up

The New York Times that is. It’ll probably take the Irish Times another few years to catch on. Here’s what Jason Kottke has to say about the NY Times’ timeliness:

No more Times Select. The NY Times finally admits what everyone else knew two years ago and stops charging for their content. Additionally, all content from 1987 to the present and from 1851 to 1922 will be offered free of charge.

What changed, The Times said, was that many more readers started coming to the site from search engines and links on other sites instead of coming directly to NYTimes.com.

How did that change not happen for the Times when it happened to the entire rest of the web 3-4 years ago?

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