Updated: Kindle and Nook NYTimes.com Subscribers Finally Get Digital Access


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Over three months after announcing that Kindle New York Times subscribers would “soon” also have free access to NYTimes.com (NYSE: NYT) the way print subscribers do, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is providing that access. And the NYT just announced that Nook subscribers will also have NYTimes.com access.

Starting today, Kindle subscribers can visit this page to link their Kindle and NYTimes.com accounts. Nook subscribers are instructed to log into their accounts and add access from there. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble’s website still says that Nook NYT readers can expect NYTimes.com access “soon,” “in coming weeks.” A New York Times spokesperson elaborated on that only to say “very soon, though no announcement yet.”

The NYT is also finally offering some family access for home delivery and digital subscribers. As Nieman Journalism Lab notes, it sent an e-mail out yesterday saying that they can share their digital access to NYTimes.com and its smartphone and mobile apps with a family member–or, based on my experience, any one person. I saw this feature added to my account a couple of weeks ago and was able to add a (non-blood-related) person to my account at that time, but didn’t get the e-mail until yesterday. The NYT tells us that subscribers are being notified in “waves.”

Giving digital access to one additional family member is nice but may not be enough for many households–and the NYT had originally promised that print subscribers would be granted multiple logins–which appeared to mean more than just one login for the primary subscribe and one additional login. The NYT wouldn’t comment on whether the number of additional logins for home delivery subscribers will eventually be expanded.

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