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A Change to Free Monthly Access
Beginning in April, nonsubscribers will have access to 10 free articles per month on NYTimes.com instead of 20.
Why is The Times changing its free access from 20 free articles a month to 10?
We think 10 articles a month, plus free access to our home page, strikes a better balance between visiting and subscribing. Most of our readers will continue to enjoy their Times experience without interruption. At the same time, the change provides us with an opportunity to convince another segment of our audience that what The Times has to offer is worth paying for.
Can I still access NYTimes.com articles through Facebook, Twitter, search engines or my blog?
Yes. We encourage links from Facebook, Twitter, search engines, blogs and social media. When you visit NYTimes.com through a link from one of these channels, that article (or video, slide show, etc.) will count toward your monthly limit of 10 free articles, but you will still be able to view it even if you’ve already read your 10 free articles. Like other external links, links from search engine results will count toward your monthly limit. If you have reached your monthly limit, you'll have a daily limit of 5 free articles through a given search engine. This limit applies to the majority of search engines.
Upon reaching your monthly reading limit, you’ll be asked to subscribe. Your subscription helps us continue to invest in the quality journalism you know and love. But if you don’t subscribe, your free access will be reset at the beginning of the next month, and you’ll once again be able to enjoy our content.
For nonsubscribers, articles from The New York Times archives from 1923 through 1986 are $3.95 each but do not count toward the monthly limit. Views of archived articles outside that date range are free but do count toward the 10-article monthly limit.