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Times announces paid 'membership' for

February 24, 2012 |  9:50 am

The Times has announced a paid "membership" program for If you are a home delivery subscriber, you are already a "member" of, and you won't be charged for reading beyond 15 articles.

Also, some features of the site won't be counted in your monthly articles, including the Games page and the Readers' Representative Journal.

An article by Jerry Hirsch explains the "membership" program vs. a "paywall":

Although digital payment plans are commonly known as "paywalls," The Times is billing its plan as a "membership program" that will include retail discounts, deals and giveaways, as well as access to digital news.

Hirsch's article has details of the payment plans that will be offered to those who aren't already home delivery subscribers.

A registration page has been set up at, though it says information will not be available until March 5.

--Deirdre Edgar