Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The New Yorker to have 3-month "free for all" leading up to unveiling of new, metered paywall

While it spends three months working on a new, metered paywall, The New Yorker is making all of its articles and any it has published since 2007 free, beginning July 21. 

According to a story in the New York Times, the new site will be based on the WordPress publishing system and is expected to be particularly navigable by mobile users, the fastest-growing segment of the magazine's readership. The new venture is based on a firm belief that online readers will continue to pay for long, deeply reported articles in which the magazine specializes. 

The New Yorker has always limited availability of its magazine articles online, but has been somewhat capricious until now in what it makes available free and what it restricts to subscribers. Editor David Remnick  described the existing system as "awkward" and said  
“It is a challenge but I don’t mean the word ‘challenge’ in the way that it’s used in the business world as a cliché for disaster. I mean it in the original sense of the word.”

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