PaidContent.org says that New York Times fans who read the paper online at Starbucks “are in luck [because] the paper is offering 15 free articles a day.”
What this story and the Times release don’t say is that Starbucks customers for years have had unlimited free access to the paper by using the Times Reader.
I asked a Times rep what’s happening with that NYT-Starbucks perk and was told:
It is no longer available. We replaced the Times Reader 2.0 experience with this product for users on the Starbucks Digital Network to bring content to a much larger audience and device set. As you may know Times Reader 2.0 is not compatible across many of the platforms our readers and Starbucks patrons use (only Windows, Mac OSX+ and Linux devices meet the system requirements). This solution offers a more responsive and dynamic experience for users on NYTimes.com.
I then stopped at Starbucks and launched my Times Reader. I was able to read everything from today’s paper for free, and passed that good news along to the Times spokesperson. “Okay, I think the difference is you can’t download the reader via the portal anymore,” I was told.
So apparently I’m in luck because I am not limited to 15 articles a day.