Saturday, March 19, 2011

Read every paid NYTimes article for free

Credit: NYTimes
The New York Times website is going for a paywall, much like Wall Street Journal. They are testing this in Canada first, and slowly rolling out the subscription system to the world from March 28 of this year.

But they have put generous loopholes in their terms. Read on after the break to know more and learn how to get the articles for free.

Here are the limitations for those who do not wish to subscribe, according to their FAQ:
" visitors can enjoy 20 free articles each calendar month as well as unrestricted access to browse the home page, section fronts, blog fronts and classifieds. NYTimes apps are free to download and install, and the Top News section will remain free."
They also have another exemption. If you reach an article through links from social media, they're free. Here's the explanation:
"We encourage links from Facebook, Twitter, search engines, blogs and social media. When you visit through a link from one of these channels, that article (or video, slide show, etc.) will count toward your monthly limit of 20 free articles, but you will still be able to view it even if you've already read your 20 free articles."
So someone went out and created a Twitter list called firehose that aggregates all NYTimes tweets, with the links for you. Start following it, and you'll get everything for free.

[via Lifehacker]