The Forward’s Paymeter: FAQ

Our paymeter has launched and you may have questions. Here are some of the more frequently asked ones!

Why should I pay to look at The Forward is a reader-supported non-profit publication. We’re dedicated to thoughtful, thorough, in-depth journalism and storytelling. It takes a tremendous amount of resources to maintain the standards that our readers value. One of the most important things readers tell us they value about the Forward is our reporting. A nominal charge to access our website is one way we can continue to provide the trusted, fact-based journalism you expect from the Forward. By subscribing or donating, you’re supporting the Forward’s mission and helping to fund our journalism.

How is my print subscription changing? What do I get now? You’ll still get the Forward by mail. But your print subscription now includes a digital bonus. As a loyal print subscriber, you now get full access to the website. All you need to do is register at Once you register online, your subscription will be activated automatically. You may not even notice any changes to the website because you will have full access.

I’m not currently a subscriber. How can I subscribe? Subscribing is quick and easy. A Forward subscription is now all-access: It includes the print edition, unlimited access to the website from any device, and access to the tablet edition. Click here for subscription options.

What if I don’t want to subscribe — can I still read for free? As a non-subscriber, you can enjoy up to 10 free articles every 30 days on Once you approach your limit of free articles, you have the option of entering your email to receive extra articles or selecting a subscription, which gives you unlimited access to our content anytime, anywhere — or come back the next month for another set of free articles.

Can I get a digital subscription to or do I also need a print subscription? Every subscription includes unlimited access to as well as the printed and tablet editions of Forward. However, you can opt out of receiving the print edition if you’d like. Go to our subscribe page for rates and information.

What is the difference between and the tablet edition of the Forward? provides you with access to stories, videos, photo galleries and more by our award-winning team of journalists — news and features that are updated daily from the US, Israel, and the world — available from any computer or web-enabled device.

The tablet edition is a page-by-page replica of the printed edition — including all stories, sections, photos and ads — in PDF form. The tablet edition also translates into other languages and allows you to magnify for easier reading and share articles with friends. Through the tablet edition, you get access to back issues all the way to 2009.

Can I get access on my smartphone or tablet? What devices are supported? Our website is mobile optimized and can be read easily from any web-enabled mobile device or smartphone.

Can I still access articles through Facebook, Twitter, Google or my blog? Yes, articles are still accessible through Facebook, Twitter, Google and blogs.

How can I keep track of how many articles I have read each month? Messages will appear on your screen with reminders about how many free articles you have read and how to subscribe so that you get unlimited access.

I’m not currently a subscriber. What kind of content counts toward my monthly limit? Visits to the home page and other select content will be available free of charge. Full articles, opinion pieces, Fast Forward, photo galleries, and other features all count toward the monthly limit of free articles.

Can I access my Forward subscription on more than one computer, smartphone or tablet? Yes, once you have a Forward subscription, your email address will be your username and you will select a password. You can use your login from any computer or mobile device.

Do you offer a trial subscription? Our introductory offer is $1 for the first month of an all-access subscription. After the first month, your credit card will be charged monthly or once a year, depending on the option you choose, unless you cancel, which you can do anytime.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.


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