The Boston Globe is following the lead of its corporate sibling The New York Times in asking online readers to pay for content, the newspaper announced this week, with the unveiling of a new, subscription-only site at Bostonglobe.com. The site will be free for the rest of the month, then readers will have to pay $3.99 per week for access; as with other online paywalls, home delivery subscribers will not have to pay extra for access to the Web content.
In addition to being customized for a variety of digital devices, including smartphones and tablets, the new site allows readers to save stories for later offline reading. It also offers additional video and photography, as well as more archival material. The paper's original site, Boston.com, will continue to be free, offering daily sports coverage and a limited number of free stories from the newspaper's print edition. Boston Globe execs said they expect readers to visit both sites, rather than migrating to the new one exclusively. --Erik Sass