If you’ve run up against the New York Times‘ new paywall, here is the simplest way to continue reading — guaranteed. This isn’t just a Mac tip: it works on Windows too.
To get around the New York Times limit of 20 free articles a month, some are resorting to the Google method. Copy and paste the headline of the article you want to read into the search engine, and then follow the link back to the Times. The paper has fewer restrictions on the number of articles if you follow links from search engines or social networks (It’s five per day from Google).
But there’s an easier way. You can read the New York Times thanks to Safari, even if you don’t have a paid subscription.
When the pop-up appears preventing you from reading the article, just press the Reader button in the Toolbar and bingo, the full article pops up. Safari’s Reader button is designed to remove reading distractions like ads and pop-ups. In this case, it retrieves the full text of articles from behind the paywall. It works every time and there aren’t any restrictions. This may be a loophole that the Times will plug soon, though, especially now that we’ve publicized it.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on the iPad or iPhone. Mobile Safari in iOS doesn’t have the Reader feature. But if anyone has a tip, please let us know in the comments.