Nook Adds Free New York Times Online Access, Just Like Kindle
The New York Times created quite a controversy when it instituted a paywall system for access to its online newspaper, limiting nonsubscribers to 20 articles per month. It appears that a free pass around that paywall will now be a perk for some e-readers, as Barnes & Noble announces Nook subscribers will have free access to articles at NYTimes.com.
The Nook isn't the first to do so. Amazon already added the same feature to its Kindle e-reader.
This doesn't mean every Nook and Kindle owner will have access to the New York Times. Users must subscribe to the e-reader news services first – $20 per month on either device – which will automatically give them free access to NYTimes.com.
This new feature is a nice bonus for Nook and Kindle owners because it saves them the hassle when they want to view news online, not just through the e-reader news service. However, browsing will obviously be easier on the Nook than the Kindle, with its static e-ink screen.