The New York Times looks to be getting ready to pull the free beta status off of their Times Reader product as they announced today it will become a subscription offering effective March 27. Times Reader is priced annually at $165 or monthly at $14.95, but is available to home-delivery subscribers at no additional cost.
The Times Reader product, said the newspaper, is a downloadable software application which lets readers view the New York Times newspaper electronically, online or offline, in a paginated format as opposed to scrolling down a Web page. The text in Times Reader is displayed in a format to fit the size and layout of a computer screen and enables readers to customize the display according to personal preferences. It also allows mobile users to synchronize their laptops, tablet PCs or ultra-mobile computing devices before getting on an airplane or a train and have available the latest New York Times content
Features of the Times Reader software include navigation of the day’s news through photography, a topic browsing tool, an article index, an offline archive of seven days, the ability to annotate articles and crosswords. New subscribers to Times Reader will be offered a 30-day free trial period upon registration.
“Times Reader combines the interactivity and immediacy of the Web with the portability of a newspaper,” said Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager, NYTimes.com, in a statement. “The New York Times is committed to developing innovative new products, delivering high-quality journalism to readers in the format they prefer.”