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Work around New York Times 20 article limit

March 2013 update #2: they added a workaround, it’s been fixed again, but you have to re-install the bookmarklet, sorry.

I hadn’t realized that that NYTimes.com is blocking access after 20 articles/month for Canadians. Fortunately, though, they’re just putting some cruft in front of the article, so if you’d still like to read it, you can drag the following bookmarklet onto your bookmarks toolbar.

NYClean

And click it any time nytimes.com blocks you on a page. It does nothing on any other website, but clicking it on a blocked NYTimes article will show the content as usual. It should work with any browser that has a bookmarks toolbar showing, let me know if you have any problems.

Having trouble? John Hudson wrote the book on how to use NYTClean NYClean

Edit: Wow, I’ve gotten thousands tens of thousands of hits since this went up yesterday, especially considering this was a lunchtime project — You just can’t see a wall like this without wondering how you can get around it. I love the New York Times, don’t say that I forced you to not pay for it.

Update: March 22, 3:44pm: Jeff Bercovici of Forbes asked a Times spokeswoman about NYTClean: “As we have said previously, as with any paid product, we expect that there will be some percentage of people who will find ways around our digital subscriptions. We will continue to monitor the situation but plan no changes to the programming or paywall structure in advance of our global launch on March 28th.”

NYClean is in no way associated with or endorsed by The New York Times, NYTimes.com, or the city of New York, or for that matter the Duke of York (either “grand old” or otherwise). Any confusion between the two is unintended, and kind of silly. But to play nicely, I’ll change the wording to NYClean from NYTClean.

One Comment

  1. Is this available for the iPad and how do I load it, since Safari on the iPad works differently from how it works on a PC?