New York Times will charge a subscription fees for reading articles of its electronic newspaper edition on the Internet. The minimum charge for four weeks is $15 and depending on the plan you take, it can go up to $35. An amount of $20 will be charged for accessing the electronic newspaper and an app for tablets PCs. Readers can access 20 articles free of cost per month. On an average, the newspaper’s website is visited by more than 30 million people in a month. The subscription plans will first be launched in Canada. In other countries, including the US, the charges will come into effect from 28th March, 2011.
For those who have subscribed to the print version of the newspaper, the e-paper can be accessed without paying any amount. Other than the website NYTimes.com, people can also subscribe to the electronic newspaper through iTunes by end of June 2011. According to a statement by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, this will help them in offering readers an excellent experience. Similar subscription services are also offered by the Wall Street Journal. Other e-papers are also likely to start charging for accessing the digital versions as has been started by the New York Times.