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My favorite British Newspaper is by far the London Times, specifically the Sunday Times. It’s a great newspaper, with a great history backed up by strong journalism.
The sheer amount of content in a Sunday Times is always impressive and keeps me occupied for weeks. You used to be able to pick up the Sunday Times in most big US cities at specialist newsstands. However, in recent years you pretty much can’t buy the UK edition of The Times anywhere, at least not in the Chicago area.
So, what’s an American Anglophile to do if he/she wants to read the London Times in the USA?
London Times Website
Of course, the easiest way to read the London Times is to visit their website. Most of what is in the newspaper ends up on the websites. It’s just not the quite as enjoyable as reading a physical paper. It’s still a great resource and I make sure to visit it everyday.
Website: Times of London
Times of London E-Edition
The Times offers an innovative solution for overseas readers: The Times E-edition. They scan every page of the newspaper and post it online in an easy for read (and print off) format. You can read it the day it’s published, which is nice. It’s not very expensive and is a good substitute for the printed paper. Again, though, it’s just not the same as cracking open that beautiful Sunday Times Broadsheet.
Single Issue: £2.50
London Times US Edition
The Times recently began publishing an US based edition based out of New York. Keep in mind that it’s substantially different than the UK edition. It wasn’t exactly clear what the differences were, so I wrote them and asked.
Please find some information explaining the differences between the UK and US editions of The Times:
US edition is 64pp and 96pp on Saturdays. It contains the best of The
Times – including content from Times2 and the Saturday sections,
especially the magazine. Having fewer pages obviously means that we have
to be selective!
The US edition Page 1 has at least 10 international (not UK) summary/
cross-reference stories (words and pictures). It’s heavy on Business
News – there are a lot of summaries on Page 2 under the headline Global
Unlike the UK edition, the news pages open with World News, which runs
all the way to the Comment/Opinion editorial section (which is identical
to the UK section). Times Britain starts after Oped.
Then you get Features – which is the best of Times 2 (or on Saturdays,
Saturday Extra). Then Business, then Register, which is just Obituaries.
Then a full page of Puzzles and Games (not in UK edition). Then The Game
There are some exclusive features (eg Michelle Henery’s New Yorker in
London column). All our US correspondents and commentators such as Gerry
Baker are well displayed – and the fact that the paper is smaller than
the UK edition means that you get natural feel of a bias towards
American news. It is very much aimed at serious, cosmopolitan business
folk in New York and the tri-state commuting area.
The Sunday Times would not contain all of the colour magazines
(Culture, Style & ST Magazine) you would receive Culture International
You can usually pick up the US edition of The Times at Newsstands in the New York Metro area.
You can purchase a subscription from OCS Media. Check out their website here.
3 Months: $78.00
6 Months: $143
1 Year: $260.00
Order Subscriptions here.
UK Edition of the London Times in the USA
I’m a purist. I want the UK edition of the Sunday Times. Thankfully, there are still companies that will deliver the Sunday Times to your door in the US. IMS News is the big player and they specialize in mailing UK newspapers to the USA. I used to use this service when I could afford a subscription and you can rely on the papers getting to you a week after they’ve been published. I was very happy with this service and highly recommend it.
Per Quarter: $165
1 Year: $660
To order a subscription to the Sunday Times, check out the IMS News website here.
If any readers based in the UK would be interested in sending me the Sunday Times, I’m willing to barter ad space, blogging work, SEO work, etc for delivery. Contact me for more info.