Though the decline in newspaper profits and readership has been discussed ad nauseam, most papers have refused to charge for online content. The New York Times, North America's third-largest newspaper, is planning to break that pattern starting in 2011.
Calling the new approach a "metered model," the Times will offer users free access to a certain number of articles per month and begin to charge by the article if that number is exceeded. Home subscribers will have unlimited access to online content.
The New York Times Company, which owns 18 daily newspapers including the New York Times and the Boston Globe, will spend 2010 developing the infrastructure to implement the metered model at NYTimes.com across all devices.