Times placing itself beyond reach of average Web user
Not only, as I reported the other day, is the New York Times going to require readers to get a subscription to read more than 20 online articles per month, but guess how much they are going to charge for this online subscription? $15 for four weeks. That’s $195 per year. And the $195 package is the cheapest of three plans. The others cost $260 and $455.
Now imagine if other prestige online publications adopt equivalent subscription packages. The Web—or at least the high-end part of it—will die.