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July 4, 2007

'Tear down this wall' — Free online access to The Economist


I can't understand why it is I've not read about this anywhere.

I mean, The Economist is probably the single best weekly newsmagazine (it calls itself a newspaper, but no matter) on our blue planet.

When I read some years back that The Economist is the only publication Bill Gates reads cover to cover I figured at least I could have one thing in common with him so I subscribed.

And now it opens up to one and all, absolutely free.

That's the good news.

What, you thought you were getting a free lunch?

Not likely.

The bad news: "Now you can get free access to the Economist.com by viewing an advertisement."

More: "In effect, the advertiser pays for you to have full access to the site for 24 hours after viewing the advertisement."


Look for this "free" access model on all media websites very soon.

Go for it.

July 4, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Hi Joe,

Salon has had this for years.

Their Premium service offers, for $45, the ability to skip ads & go directly to full articles



Posted by: Allan Moult | Jul 4, 2007 9:52:16 PM

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