The New York Times, a newspaper that some of us rather like, has just announced that it’s bringing down its paywall. As the article states:
In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.
Since Times Select material has been free to those at universities for some time now,Â the main benefits to me will be (a) I no longer need to feel guilty in linking to a piece behind the paywall, and (b) theÂ 1851-1922 material is now easy to get (Elena, my research assistant, has been doing some work looking at historical betting odds in US elections – plus, reading old papers is fun).