Boiled down, readers who pay for home delivery of the paper will have access to everything. Browsing front pages online remains free. Online readers can open 20 stories a month for free - after that, they will be prompted to become a digital subscriber (plans and pricing are here). Different points of access - smartphone app, tablet app, the words - come at different prices. Then there's this interesting tidbit:
Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit. For some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles.This will ensure that other news outlets and aggregaters will continue to link to Times articles and give the paper the free publicity that comes from that. Of course, intensive aggregaters will be forced to pay for the plus-20 access.
The strategy obviously is to push people who read the Times frequently to subscribe. Casual readers will still see the articles for free. Will it work? If it does, expect to see a similar model come to a paper near you.