Read The New York Times with Adobe Air

Daniel Pataki
May 13, 2009
Updated • Jul 11, 2017

In my limited experience with newspapers, I got the sense that they are not the ones leading the technological revolution. Today I found out that The New York Times has just released an Adobe Air application called The New York Times Reader, for reading their famous newspaper on your desktop. Since "real life", non-tech companies tend to favor technology at least 20 years old this initiative comes as a breath of fresh air (no pun intended), especially since it is really well implemented, it looks and feels great.

Sadly the app is not completely free. I usually only look at headlines because I don't have a huge amount of time, and for that it is perfect. You can click around in the various sections and read excerpts and titles. You can also read the main page articles and the business articles for free. You will need a subscription though to access the full content on the other pages. There is also a feed reader type "Latest News" section, which you can view free for all the breaking news.

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If you're already a subscriber the whole app is completely free. If you don't have a Times subscription yet, you can subscribe for $3.5 a week. I think this is a small price to pay for the NYT, especially if you live anywhere off the US coastline. If you enjoy reading newspapers, but you don't have the time to grab a copy each day, I think the New York Times reader is a great application.

Update: The Adobe Air application is not available anymore. It has been replaced by smartphone and tablet apps that New York Times subscribers get for free with their subscription. Subscriptions currently set you back $15 for website access and smartphone apps, $20 for access and the tablet app, and $35 for all three products.

Update 2: Pricing has changed. There are three subscription packages right now available. Basic Digital Access is available for $3.75 per week for access to and all New York Times applications.

The All Access plan adds access to the New York Times Crossword puzzle to the mix, and comes for $6.25 per week.

The All Access Plus plan finally adds Times Insider Access to the mix for $8.75 per week.

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  1. Arp said on May 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I was looking forward to this as I read the NYT regularly but I uninstalled it after 2 things:

    1) I couldn’t find the Technology section
    2) It’s free on the web – why not with this app?

    S0 back to the browser I went.

  2. archer said on May 14, 2009 at 4:10 am

    my two cents: the new york times isn’t worth my two cents

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