Visitor Benefits

Q: Will you offer free coverage if there is breaking news?

A: Some breaking news will be available via our home page. In addition, please sign up for breaking news emails at

Q: How do I know when I reach my story limit? Can I track the number of stories I have already read?

A: You will be asked to sign up for Unlimited Digital Access, at the standard rate, once you have reached your monthly limit. As you read through stories on, on-screen notifications will keep you informed of when you are getting close to your limit of free stories, and when you have reached your limit. However, if you sign up now you can take advantage of this special offer at the low rate of $13 for 13 weeks of service. Click here to sign up now.

Q: Will I still be able to access The Times' articles through Facebook, Twitter, blogs or search engines?

A: Access to articles via these providers will remain unchanged for subscribers and non-subscribers alike. As long as a link or post on a social site is live, you will always be able to click through to that story. Subscribers can click through to an unlimited number of articles. For non-subscribers, however, please be aware that each click-through counts toward the article maximum.

Q: I enjoy commenting. Can I make and read comments without becoming a subscriber? Do they count toward my monthly article limit?

A: We encourage commenting and consider it an important part of the community. In order to do so, you will be required to create a free registration. Registration is different from membership and can also be done at: Please note that comments do not count toward the article maximum, nor does any content that you generate for the community, such as posting photos. You may continually check stories you have commented on and engage in discussions with other visitors without increasing your article count.

Q: How do the mobile apps factor in?

A: The LA Times Apple and Android apps are free to download. If you don't have an Unlimited Digital Access subscription, upon reaching your limit of articles you will be asked to subscribe to Unlimited Digital Access at our standard subscription rate. If you already have a subscription please be sure to log in using the same email that is linked to your account and your access will carry over.

Q: What if I don't want to pay for a subscription- can I still read for free? Is there a monthly article limit?

A: Visitors can continue to get breaking news, enjoy repeat visits to's home page and take advantage of 5 free articles each calendar month. The free trial of the web site and the duration of the trial may vary by location and season. After you have reached your monthly limit, we will offer you our standard subscription rate to continue taking advantage of all that has to offer. There are limited areas of the site you can enjoy without a subscription: homepage
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Q: Do articles that I am rereading count toward my story limit each time?

A: Visiting a story you've already read will only count once when viewed within the same calendar month.

Q: I like the crossword puzzle and games. Do I need to be a subscriber to access them?

A: Access to crosswords and games is unlimited. You do not need to be a subscriber.

Q: What about my newsletters?

A: You can continue to register for and receive our email newsletters without becoming an Unlimited Digital Access subscriber. The newsletter itself does not count toward the monthly limit, but any stories you click through to on will be counted. Visit to register for additional newsletters.