The New York Times “Opens Up” at Midnight

nyt-160×160.jpgEffec­tive at mid­night, The New York Times will make the “Times­S­e­lect” sec­tion of its web­site entire­ly free. (It used to cost sub­scribers $49.95 a year.) And it will also free up “its archives from 1987 to the present … , as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the pub­lic domain.”

In mak­ing this move, the paper will be giv­ing up $10 mil­lion in annu­al sub­scrip­tion rev­enue. But it will like­ly make up that mon­ey (and then some) by using ads to mon­e­tize those pages. For more info, read the full arti­cle here. And click here to see what for­mer­ly closed-off con­tent will now become freely avail­able.

Update: Have a look at Deeplink­ing’s piece called Min­ing the New York Times Archive. It pulls out of the archive some inter­est­ing finds, includ­ing reviews of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) and Oscar Wilde’s Dis­grace (1895), plus arti­cles that sur­vey the dynam­ic art scene of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry.

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