Kindle Beats iPad with NYT Paywall Bypass


Photo by B.K. Dewey -
Photo by B.K. Dewey -

First, Amazon beat Apple and Google to the punch, announcing a cloud-based music locker. Now the Internet retailer says owners of its Kindle e-reader – which competes against the iPad – can avoid the New York Times’ newly-erected Paywall.

Subscribers to the Kindle version of the NYT will get free access to the newspaper’s online articles, avoiding paying a subscription requirement that went into effect Tuesday. Web users are able to read up to 20 articles each month free, afterwards paying either $15, $25 or $35 every four weeks.

“Given the Times’ transition to a digital subscription model, we’re excited to be able to offer Kindle subscribers online access to all the digital content available at at no additional cost,” Amazon announced Monday. The NYT is the best selling newspaper at the Kindle Store.

This is only the latest swipe at Apple Amazon has recently taken. Along with a cloud locker to store digital items, including music and music, the Seattle-based Internet bookseller has added its Kindle app to the Android Appstore despite Apple’s trademark infringement lawsuit.