When you think about it, the Times may have it backward. It charges $1 for the latest news in print, and offers it free over the Web, but for old material demands $3, which is three times the price of an entire newspaper. –Adam L. Penenberg –Searching for the New York Times (Wired)
The NY Times is a great paper, but you have to register to read articles, and they quickly dissapear into paid archives. So it’s not making a dent online. There are ways to get around it, but I haven’t found it worth the trouble. It’s also possible to get Salon articles for free (if you sit through a long commercial), but there’s plenty of other good stuff online that will be less annoying to read.