The New Yorker opens its online archive to non-subscribers ahead of a new, metered paywall this fall

The New Yorker opens its online archive to non-subscribers ahead of a new, metered paywall this fall

Starting today, The New Yorker is making its online archive available to everyone. For weekly issues dating back to January 2007, you can now read a hand-picked selection of articles free of charge.

The move is part of a major revamp to attract new readers. Henceforth, The New Yorker will publish everything – rather than just a small smattering – of its print articles on the Web. Throughout the summer, subscribers and non-subscribers alike will have access to all of these new articles and its monstrous online archive for free. If you’re interested in long-form journalism but can’t justify a subscription, the next few months should be heaven.

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As The New Yorker explains, the site will transition to a new, metered paywall setup in the fall. The iconic publication will continue to run all of its print articles on the Web, but non-subscribers will be restricted by the number of stories they can read – similar to how The New York Times runs its paywall at the moment.

For those who prefer the printed word, a subscription will also give you access to scanned copies of New Yorker issues dating back to 1925. A wonderful piece of nostalgia, but probably not the best reading experience for a PC or laptop. If you’re interested in journalism of old, the New York Times offers a similar service called TimesMachine; full access is reserved for subscribers, however.

This week, is also getting a site redesign. It should be cleaner and simpler to navigate, with striking photos that give it a glossy, magazine-style aesthetic. There’s also a new Cultural Comment blog and its popular Goings On About Town section has been revamped.

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