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Thursday, 1st July 2010

The News Corp. Paywall Begins to Rise Tomorrow with The Times & Sunday Times

From the Announcement:

News International announces that customers will be requested to pay for access to www.thetimes.co.uk [of London] and www.thesundaytimes.co.uk from tomorrow, 2 July.

The new sites will be available for a charge of 1 pound for a day’s access or 2 pounds for a week’s subscription. As an introductory offer, all customers that register for the sites will get access to both sites for a one-off charge of 1 pound for the first 30 days. Access to the sites will be included in the seven-day subscriptions of print customers to The Times and The Sunday Times. iPad editions will continue to be charged separately.

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Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive, News International, said: “We have been very pleased with the response from readers since the launch of the new websites for The Times and The Sunday Times in May.

1 pound = approx. $1.51/U.S.

See Also: Times Paywall Goes Up Tomorrow (The Guardian)

Note: Of course, many libraries (of all types) provide access for personal or business use (depending on the library and contract) that's free to the end user. The content comes via a variety of database providers. For example, Factiva offers searchable access to the The Times and Sunday Times the same day the paper is published.

Other Databases that Provide Same Day Access to The Times and The Sunday Times

+ Academic OneFile (Many Libraries Offier This Database Gale/Cengage)
+ LexisNexis (In several libraries/file locations including LexisNexis Academic)
+ Dialog NewsRoom

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