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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Access to the New York Times

Adam Penenberg, Searching for the New York Times, July 14, 2004. The visibility of NYT is reduced by its low ranking in Google. This in turn is due to its required registration and toll-access back-run. "It's not like the Times reaps a whole lot from its Web archive. The archive accounts for only 2 to 3 percent of the profit for its digital division....In fact, New York Times Digital earns most of its money from a pre-existing agreement with Lexis-Nexis, which brings in more than $20 million a year....So it's no surprise that Times management has no plans to completely open up its archive....[Says Aaron Schwartz:] 'A far more sensible position for the Times would be to charge for new news, not old news. Can you imagine the possibilities if it opened up its archive?' "

Also see the comments by Steven Cohen and Gary Price on ResourceShelf.