Barnes & Noble Nook now offering free access to NYTimes.com like Amazon Kindle
The New York Times created quite a controversy when it instituted a paywall system for access to its online newspaper, limiting nonsubscribers to 20 articles per month. It appears that a free pass around that paywall will now be a perk for some e-readers. Barnes & Noble has announced that readers who subscribe to the New York Times via the Nook will receive free, unlimited access to the paper’s site.
Of course, the announcement comes just one week after Kindle subscribers were granted the same deal after the paper’s paywall went active. Subscribers are able to enjoy their digital subscription to The New York Times, including reading the daily e-edition content on NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet, NOOK and NOOK Wi-Fi eReaders.
The New York Times announced its paywall a few weeks ago , which allows for free access to a set amount of content across digital platforms. The Nook subscription for the New York Times costs $19.99 per month, and these users will not have to pay for any content when accessing the NYTimes.com.
For non-home delivery subscribers, access to the NYTimes.com plus its Smartphone Apps starts at $15 every four weeks. For tablet access, the subscription will cost $20. Obviously, if Kindle or Nook user are already paying for a subscription to the New York Times via their e-reading device, it wouldn’t make sense to charge them twice. Barnes and Noble says that The New York Times continues to be one of the bestselling NOOK Newspapers.
This new feature is a nice bonus for Nook and Kindle owners because it saves them the hassle when they want to view news online, not just through the e-reader news service. However, browsing will obviously be easier on the Nook than the Kindle, with its static e-ink screen.