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What changes have we made?

The Economist has reduced the number of articles available weekly to non-registered users from three to two. For registered users who have not subscribed, the weekly article limit has been reduced from six to three. Subscribers will continue to enjoy unlimited access to Economist.com, provided their subscription has a Digital or Web element.

When did this happen?

These changes to the Economist.com paywall were originally made on 2nd December 2013 and were further amended on 13th October 2014.

Why have we made this change?

Our readers have shown a long-standing willingness to pay for The Economist in print and, in recent years, via our apps. As more and more people read The Economist's journalism in digital form, we are shifting our model and asking readers to pay for access to our online-only digital content as well.

Does this affect your digital editions, accessed via The Economist apps?

No. The various digital versions of our weekly print edition are unaffected by this change, with non-subscribers retaining access to Editor’s picks. Full digital access is available only through subscriptions with a Digital element.

Are blogs included in this change?

As of the 4th July 2013, blog posts as well as print-edition articles count towards the weekly limit. Subscribers will continue to have unlimited access to articles, blog posts, the audio edition, video, the online archive of back issues and other online features.

Does this affect people who read blog posts via RSS?

Yes. If you read our blogs via an RSS reader, you now see a preview of each post and a link to the full text.