Reading the NY Times
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
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.