Setting TimesSelect free.

As Mark Evans notes, TimesSelect is now free:

It took awhile but the NYT finally got it that charging consumers to access certain parts of its online content isn’t economically viable.

Now I’m a New York Times subscriber, so this doesn’t affect me at all. But this is what they told me in an email:

Since we launched TimesSelect, the Web has evolved into an increasingly open environment. Readers find more news in a greater number of places and interact with it in more meaningful ways. This decision enhances the free flow of New York Times reporting and analysis around the world. It will enable everyone, everywhere to read our news and opinion – as well as to share it, link to it and comment on it.

So in the past year or so, the web has evolved into an increasingly open environment? Was it closed before that?

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