A ha! The NYT is sticking to all you free-loaders who aren't married to people who insist on subscribing to the paper of record for home delivery:
The New York Times Co. (NYT) on Monday said that, starting in September, access to Op-Ed and certain of its top news columnists on the paper's NYTimes.com Web site will only be available through a fee of $49.95 a year. The service, known as TimesSelect, will also allow access to The Times's online archives, early access to select articles on the site, and other features. Home-delivery subscribers will automatically receive the service, the NYT said.
No day pass? I suppose that if I sat down with the NYT's accountants, I'd come out of the meeting believing that they had no choice. More money, less access, god bless America.
On the bright side, this site's stock just went up. (if you want one more perspective on the soon-to-be hidden rantings of the Brierney) So did the sites of lesser-read and better written news services. I've been guilty of relying on the NYT way too much for everything. Maybe this'll be the kick I need.