Planning to Read the New York Times Online Today for Free? Enjoy It While It Lasts!

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That's right. The Gray Lady is planning to start charging online readers.

The plan under discussion now, would allow readers to view a few articles for free online before being prompted to pay a subscription to read additional stories.

No date has been announced yet for the change, though some anticipate an announcement around January 27 when Apple is expected to announce its new tablet computer. The Times and Apple are said to be in negotiations to offer the paper's content via Apple's latest gizmo.

The Times has tried a paid-subscription in the past for its opinion columns, but abandoned that experiment in 2007. 

The question now is will readers be willing to pay this time around? Not according to this poll.

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