May 25, 2022

Easy! Read the New York Times For Free After March 28th

Yesterday, the New York Times announced that they’re going to start charging for access. Users will get 20 articles free per month but what happens if you want more? Of course, you can subscribe but as Digital Daily/WSJ and Business Insider point you will still be able to access as much content as you like for free.

From a Digital Daily Blog Post by Peter Kafka:

Anyone can use the Times’ Web site to read up to 20 articles a month for free. And if you’ve surpassed your monthly limit, you’ll still be able to read Times articles if you’ve been sent there from referring sites like Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else on the Web. The Times says it will place a five-article-per-day limit on Google referrals, however; it’s currently the only search engine with that limit…

If you want to game the Times’ paywall, just use Microsoft’s Bing. For now, at least.

See Also: “The New York Times Plans a Blogger-Friendly Pay Wall. Link All You Like!” (Digital Daily; May 25, 2010)

Note: The “classic” way to read “subscriber only” articles from the WSJ and Financial Times via Google will also work but as noted above there will be a five article per day limit using Google when accessing NYT content. Other sources like Bing, Twitter, Facebook, etc. will not have a limit.

The Google Method

When you come across an article (perhaps on the front page) that you cannot access head to Google News, search for the article, and the full text should open (free) in your browser. This will also work for WSJ and FT articles.

Business Insider offers this illustrated guide.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.