More analysis of the New York Times digital subscription model; see “Times’s Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making,” in today’s NYT, for more background. I explored the NYT iPad app a bit over the weekend, found it underwhelming, and will definitely be dropping to the entry-level digital subscription level, after my 12-week new-subscriber discount on the Sunday-only dead-tree/All Digital option expires.
[…] I’ve since read most of what others have written about it, and the general consensus seems to be that it is a) confusing, and b) a sign of obvious desperation by the NYT. But while both of these things are arguably true, my big problem with the newspaper’s money grab is that it is fundamentally backward-looking. More than anything else, it feels like a defensive move to buy some time while the paper figures out what it wants to be when it grows up.