A reader shared his newspaper dilemma about whether he should continue subscribing to the newspaper. Here’s mine. The New York Times introduced digital subscriptions to pay to read the newspaper online, on mobile apps, and via an iPad. As a frugal consumer, I have an issue with paying for content that was once free, but as a person trained in journalism I understand why the industry is moving in that direction.
I often read the Times online, but do not subscribe to the paper. This means that once I reach my allotted free views (20 stories per month), I’ll have to buy a digital or print subscription. Every four weeks, the Times will charge $15 for website and mobile application access, $20 for iPad application and website access, and $35 for full-access authorization.
The good news is that if you are a New York Times subscriber, the online editions are free. Daily delivery cost $7.40 per week. That’s $355.20 per year (or less if you call and negotiate a deal). Here’s a breakdown of the yearly cost of getting the New York Times, from most expensive to cheapest.
- $420 – full digital access via website, mobile, and iPad access
- $355.20 – daily delivery to your home, which includes full digital access
- $240 – website and iPad access
- $180 – website and mobile access
It’s cheaper to subscribe to the paper than to subscribe to full digital access. Getting the paper delivered provides the most all-around access, but isn’t much cheaper than full digital. The cheapest option is web and mobile only access for $15 per month.
Wondering whether our readers would pay to access digital content, I posted the question on the Bargain Babe Facebook page. Here’s what some of them had to say.
I don’t like it, and won’t pay, but I know these newspapers do need to find new revenue sources since their circulation numbers are way down. They still have to pay their bills or that business will go away.
I don’t like it either, but I will pay. They are in the business of making money – nothing wrong with that.
I will continue reading online until I go through the 20 free articles. Afterward, I’ll try to score a deal on a newspaper subscription by shopping online for a better price. What do you think about the New York Times’ decision to charge for their online content? Would you rather pay for a digital subscription or delivery?