The New Yorker is getting a makeover. This week, the magazine unveiled a new look for its website, announced plans to launch new columns and, perhaps most excitingly, promised to provide free access to articles online for the rest of the summer.
In a note to the readers, The New Yorker’s editors explain they’ve been updating “the user experience” for months and have ultimately decided to give non-subscribers the chance to read articles from the magazine. Beginning in the fall, they’ll implement a metered paywall system, where readers can access a limited number of articles per month before a subscription is necessary.
Until then, all articles dating back to 2007 and all new articles will be available free of charge. They’ll also feature some of the magazine’s best-known works, “including short stories by Alice Munro and Junot Diaz, Janet Flanner on Isadora Duncan, Calvin Trillin on the crime reporter Edna Buchanan and Mark Singer on the magician Ricky Jay.”
New elements of the revamped website include a Daily Cultural Comment feature,where, “critics and other writers [will] confront everything from the latest debates over the impact of technology to the latest volume from Chicago, Oslo or Lima and the ongoing sagas of Don Draper, Daenerys Targaryen and Hannah Horvath.” The editors also announced a plan to publish more stories on a daily basis and to implement a “greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world.”
“We intend to publish in the same spirit of freedom, ambition, and accuracy as Harold Ross did when he prowled the halls nearly ninety years ago,” the editors say.
You can read the whole announcement here.