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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Reading the NY Times

Dear Times Reader Beta Testers,
We want to thank you for your input during this free beta
period. You and your fellow beta testers have been a great
help in the development of Times Reader.
This note is to let you know that the beta period will be
ending in two weeks. Times Reader will launch as a
subscription service on March 27. It will cost $14.95 a month
or $165 a year and will include access to TimesSelect and
Premium Crosswords. Times Reader will be free to home
delivery subscribers.

Anybody else been trying the "Times Reader"? There are things I like about it (very much simulates the experience of reading a real paper, keystroke navigation is easy) and things I didn't (shows only the current paper, not the back stories in all categories, the way the "regular" on-line edition works). Also it's not so easy to save all or part of an article except to a new file on your hard drive (cut and paste to another program doesn't work). I already subscribe to the crosswords (about $35 a year I think), and can always read the TimesSelect and all archived articles for free through Proquest (doesn't everyone know about this?).

I don't think I'll ever go back to getting the hard copies (fun as it is to have it as an occasional luxury) - I just can't stand the way they pile up. So, for now, I guess it's back to the regular on-line read. Let's hope it will remain an option.

Update: So, I just signed up for TimesSelect using the edu trick (see comments) and it worked perfectly. Better than Proquest, actually, since it comes complete with graphics. Now I can see Maira Kalman's wonderful pieces (The Principles of Uncertainty). Yay! Life is good.


Blogger Alison said...

How does ProQuest work? Can anyone use it?

2:35 PM  
Blogger sixty-five said...

Officially you access it by having a local library card. Most public libraries provide home access as a service to their patrons. Unofficially, with a little googling you can find a way to log in directly.

2:45 PM  
Blogger sixty-five said...

Also, I just read today on Althouse that anyone with an .edu email address can have free access. This would include alumni of any institution that provides a forwarding email service.

2:48 PM  

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