Bypass the New York Times Paywall with Safari Reader

Apr 27, 2011 - 5 Comments

Read NYT Paywall Article with Safari Reader

We showed you how to read NYT articles for free using Google but if you have Safari there’s an even easier method: Safari Reader.

The next time you’re confronted with the “To keep reading, sign up today” paywall, just click on the “Reader” button in the Safari address bar, and the full article will render inside Safari Reader.

This tip works on Safari for Mac or Windows. Chances are this is a bug and it will be patched, but if you hit your article limit and haven’t signed up yet (or just don’t feel like logging in) this works to read a paywalled article. Ironically, if you’re a NYT subscriber but you’re just not logged in to your account or you’re on someone elses machine, this method is faster than entering and saving your login credentials.

The New York Times offers 20 free articles a month, after that you need a subscription to read more, or you have to get to an article via social media or Google (like the tip mentioned above). I’m still hoping NYT simplifies their confusing subscription model to a pay-once access-all style like Netflix, I think it would encourage readership and discourage these workarounds, but who knows. This specific trick was found on 9to5mac, some of the commenters there mentioned this technique works on some other paywalled sites too, so keep that in mind when you’re cruising around the web.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks

5 Comments

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  1. chris says:

    Cool tip! Not! So, we should use ad-blockers on your site to deprive you of income, right? Let’s all do that, and put an article on the NYT!

  2. xsa says:

    The easiest way to read the NYT for free is to delete your cookies every time you hit the pay wall.

  3. Sean says:

    I noticed this right after the paywall was implemented because I use Reader often for long articles on NYT, LAT, and WSJ. I’m actually a Sunday subscriber (it’s the cheapest plan + web access) but my cookies get deleted so often that NYT never remembers my user name and password, so I just continue to use Reader anyway.

  4. [...] content from it’s origin webpage and places it in an overlaid easy to read format (it also skirts around paywalls [...]

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