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The New York Times began charging users to view online content Monday.

The Times print edition is currently available for free on campus, and there are already plans to extend the college readership program to digital subscriptions, according to an email from Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications for The Times.

Readers who do not digitally subscribe will still be able to access articles a number of ways that don’t count toward the new 20 articles per month limit.

If a reader is linked to an article through a social media website, the view does not count toward the monthly limit, according to The Times.

Similar rules are in place for search engines like Google, but there will be a daily limit imposed on articles found through certain major search engines.

The new digital subscriptions are available in three different packages, which range from $15 per month to $35 per month.

Readers who already subscribe to the home delivery edition will also have unlimited online access, which they can register for online.

UF professor Mindy McAdams said she thinks the fair conditions of the article limits for non-subscribers will help keep the readership from dramatically decreasing.

Murphy said libraries will eventually be covered under group accounts, which they are working to make available in the next several months.

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