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Goodbye NY Times mobile edition, I will miss you

The New York Times wrestles with a New Media business model.  I have been reading the NY times on line edition for years. I find their articles interesting and often more comprehensive than other media counterparts, even if I don’t necessarily agree with the point of view.  When I got my Android phone, I downloaded the NYT mobile application and enjoyed reading up on the latest news as time permitted.  It became part of my morning routine.

On March 28th, all of that will change. The NYT will put up a paywall, charging $15 to $35 per month for anyone going past a twenty article threshold.

I have no plans to subscribe to any of these plans.  I will limit my NYT reading to the twenty articles per month and then get my news elsewhere.   This goes to show, once something is given away for free, it becomes very hard to charge for it later on.

This is a problem that new media types, myself included,  have yet to figure out; how to make money with it.  This blog is a good example; I work away, trying to come up with original material or expound on other’s work from an in the trenches point of view.   I have a core group of regular readers (thank you!) and quite a bit of search engine traffic just passing through.  Every once in a while, I get a good link in from slash/dot, boing boing, or dig, but those are rare.  Some small amounts of money are made here and there, but could I live off of this? No.  It is a labor of love more than anything else.  Something to keep my mind occupied while in between my children’s pickups and drop offs.  This is good because otherwise a fair amount of trouble could ensue.

While I empathize with the New York Times, those rates seem a bit exorbitant for an online distribution system.

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7 comments to Goodbye NY Times mobile edition, I will miss you

  • Lee Rust

    In these uncertain times, a labor of love is still better than the alternative. Thanks for the well-organized and wide-ranging site.

    Monetizing the web is still a work in progress. The Times has already tried other methods. It’s still cut-and-try, but more like the WSJ approach.

  • Paul Thurst

    Thanks, Lee. I sometimes wonder how this is being perceived, I am glad you like it.

  • hi Paul:

    I assume/infer from reading your ENGINEERING RADIO blog pages that you’re also KH2R…? I could find no “contact” link on the blog page, so am leaving this public comment.

    But I did want to share my enthusiasm for your work! I came across it while Googling for some tower base pictures, etc. I’ve enjoyed reading through the archives, a lot. I do wonder if you could tell me where the collapsed (guyed) tower images came from?

    I’ve bookmarked the site, & wish you continued success with it. As the old cliche goes: Keep up the good work…

    vy 73 Don K4ZA

    Tower Works
    Charlotte NC

    Antenna Towers for Radio Amateurs
    published by ARRL

  • Paul Thurst

    Hi Don, KH2R is indeed my amateur radio call sign. I believe the images you are referring to are in the header? Those came from WDVH in Gainesville, FL. That is a 240 foot hollow leg tower that was rusting though from the inside out. We bought it down in a controlled fashion and replaced it in 2008.

  • J. Aegerter

    Around here they can’t give the Milwaukee Journal away. You will see their representatives standing in grocery chain stores trying to hand them out for nothing. There is a reason for this; politics. There were times when courageous newspapers stood up for truth, justice, and American Constitutional principles. Today, the majority of newspaper journalists have been brainwashed into political correctness and pushed this dribble in their editorial writings. I guess they will all learn the hard way.

  • Paul Thurst

    And you have hit the nail on the head. People can generally tell when they are being lied to and most of what we see in the media today is whitewash, obfuscation, downplaying, distraction and lies. Equally unfortunate for the newspaper publishers, we have found better things to wrap fish, line bird cages and start our wood stoves with.

  • Anonymous Coward

    I am so ready to bow down and pay the digital access fee for the Times. I miss reading the paper too much and LATimes, WSJ, WashingtonPost and Fin Times all together don’t really feel the same.

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