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Jul 12

The Economist Paywall Bypass Bookmarklet

You can count on The Economist to have a monetization strategy designed to annoy its readers.

I click an interesting link on facebook and I see this. Miffed, I decided that this was a problem that needed to be solved. Here are a couple ways to do it.

A passive solution is to block cookies for economist.com. If you don’t know how to do that, or if you don’t want to because you want to log in and comment, the active solution is probably better.

Here is a short and sweet bookmarklet I wrote as an active solution:

javascript:void(document.cookie="ec_limit=");void(document.cookie="ec_paywall_limit=");location.reload(true);

To use it:

  1. Create a new bookmark with the above code as the URL.
  2. Place it in your bookmarks bar.
  3. Click on the bookmark whenever you see “Subscribe now” on The Economist website.

The page should then reload and show the full article. Enjoy!