March 15, 2007

TimesSelect is now free if you have an "edu" email address.

Cool!

9 comments:

Cedarford said...

Times Select continues it's bad business strategy. A good deal of it's few paying customers reside in academia, where the Liberal Flagship is still considered a "must read" to keep current with what academics think is the info source that "most informs their peers".

Biggus said...

And on March 14, the New York Times will discover what today's college students think of copyright law!

Daniel said...

Many universities offer alumni "permanent" email addresses which can be forwarded to other addresses. In my case I have an "alum.mit.edu" address. Just for the heck of it, I used it a few minutes ago to sign up for TimesSelect (I had to lie about my graduation year). It worked.

Not that I'm really interested in reading the TimeSelect content; I was just curious if they are effectively opening it up to alumni as well.

sbutler said...

This was covered over on MetaFilter a couple days ago. Check the comments: people had various results.

(Personally, I've been reading Times Select articles for months through my univ's LexisNexis access)

Karl said...

Pfft...I just tried to register my alumni.uchicago.edu address and received: "The e-mail address you provided is not eligible to receive a discounted subscription at this time."

-kd

yetanotherjohn said...

Ann,

Don't you feel like a bit of a chump for paying to get what is now deemed free?

I see one of three things happening.

1) This could be NYT admitting that the great wall of time select is counter productive, so they will start poking holes in it.

2) This could be an effort to be like viacom and youtube to get copyrighted material over the wall and then sue when the number of infringements run in the billions.
3) Or it could be that like the imposition of the wall, the NYT just hasn't thought the unexpected consequences through.

If I had to bet, I would go with number 3.

MadisonMan said...

Sure, you register and give them your .edu email address, and I get enough spam there already, thankyouverymuch.

Ann Althouse said...

yetanotherjohn: I have had a subscription to the paper NYT for more than 20 years. I never paid extra for TimesSelect.

Smilin' Jack said...

Ann Althouse said...
yetanotherjohn: I have had a subscription to the paper NYT for more than 20 years. I never paid extra for TimesSelect.


In fact, you were presumably paid by TS as a TS columnist last week.

Didn't you used to sneer at TS as counterproductive and self-defeating...until you went over to the dark side of the pay wall? Haven't heard a peep from you on the topic lately .