The New York Times is making its paywall a little taller. Those of you who enjoyed the 20 free Times articles accessible monthly to non-subscribers will only get 10, starting next month. At the very least, could it be a plausible sign that the New York Times’ $3.75 a week digital subscription plan isn’t failing?
The Wall Street Journal and USA Today see hairs to split over which is America’s leading newspaper, while online news watchers point to a 47 percent increase in e-edition readership, following the release of the semiannual ABC FAS-FAX circulation report this week.
As noted by The New York Times, The Journal takes the top spot for combined print and online circulation, with 2.1 million over USA Today’s 1.8 million, but iPads and Web versions — including combined subscriptions — make up most of the difference.
In daily print distribution, The Journal averaged 1.6 million to USA Today’s 1.8 million.
Said The Times: “Each paper claimed on Monday that the figures made it the industry leader. The Journal referred to itself in a news release as ‘the number one newspaper,’ while USA Today claimed the title ‘America’s number one choice in a daily print newspaper.’”
The New York Times weekday average of 877,000, down 6 percent from last year, came in third, followed by The Los Angeles Times, down 9 percent, and The Washington Post, down 6 percent.
The New York Times remained the largest Sunday paper, at 1.4 million, down 3 percent.
The semiannual ABC FAS-FAX reports on more than 800 daily and weekly newspapers. ABC’s website offers charts of the top 25 weekday and Sunday newspapers and the top 25 print and online audience gainers by DMA.
The latter shows something intriguing going on in several states: The top 25 online increases include three southwestern Connecticut papers, five Florida papers and three North Carolina papers.