Two years ago, when the New York Times instituted their paywall, I wrote about several ways to get around paywalls. I know it sounds a bit unscrupulous, but if you aren’t a devoted reader of any one website you probably don’t want to pay for a subscription. Even if you browse a lot of different sources, you’re likely to encounter a paywall at some point.
There are ways around most paywalls if you are just dying to read that one special article. Among those widely reported:
1. Go into your browser’s cookies and delete all the cookies for that website; also clear your browser’s cache.
2. Copy the article’s title and do a search for it on Google. Click on the Google link back to the story.
3. Switch to a different browser where you haven’t yet hit your monthly limit for that website.
However, last night I stumbled onto a new one, and a handy website to boot:
Copy the article’s URL and paste it into the box at Readability.com. Click “Shorten & Read” and then, below it, “Read Now.” You’ll see the full story, imported in a handsome, highly readable format, free of all the surrounding content (including comments, unfortunately). If you want to read the story on its original site, there’s a link (“original”) at the top of the story.
If all else fails, try browsing in incognito mode.
Note — Nov. 27, 2016: The Readability.com service shut down several months ago.