My first draft had a number of snide suggestions that the NYTimes editorial staff was on drugs. I've since decided to give them the benefit of doubt. I checked, and home delivery would cost me ( in the DC Metro area) $15 a week. Twenty bucks a month for the Kindle edition doesn't sound so bad.
Here is the email that Amazon s sending to current subscribers:
Hello from Amazon.com,
As a Kindle subscriber to New York Times, you might like to know that effective April 2, 2010, the New York Times has raised its price to $19.99/month for new subscribers.
As an existing subscriber to New York Times, you will continue to be billed at the previous rate of $13.99/month for six more months (until October 2nd, 2010) after which you will be billed at the monthly rate then in effect. We believe that the Kindle edition of New York Times continues to provide excellent value for customers with a free 14 day trial period, wireless delivery via Whispernet, no long-term commitments, and substantial savings vs. regular print subscription rates.
As always you are free to cancel your subscription at any time. If you are still in the 14 day free trial period of your subscription you will not be charged, otherwise you will receive a prorated refund for the unused portion of your subscription. To change or cancel a subscription, please visit www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle.
Sincerely, The Amazon Kindle team