Thursday, May 29, 2008
Read Full Articles on The Wall Street Journal Without a Subscription
"The full WSJ.com article is only available to subscribers." You may often see this registration message when trying to access content published on The Wall Street Journal Online edition [unless you are lucky].
BugMeNot database does have username-password combinations for most paid-subscription websites (including the WSJ) but it's tough to find one that works. Now George has a handy trick though only for geeks.
You can read any subscriber-only articles published in the Wall Street Journal newspaper (online edition) if you have Firefox ( Get Firefox with Google Toolbar) and an awesome extension called Firebug (that allows inline HTML editing).
Following are the steps involved to bypass the WSJ yearly subscription wall:
Step 1: Open the Wall Street Journal story web page that you want to read but can't because it's behind the subscription firewall.
Step 2: Add the text mod=googlenews_wsj to URL immediately following the .html filename. See example below:
Step 3: Open news.google.com and press Ctrl+Shift+C - Hover the mouse over any random news headline and click once to the enter the HTML editing mode in Firebug.
Now change the link of that Google News story in the Firebug window to the one we created in Step 2. [change the "href" attribute of "a" tag] Press enter.
Click the modified link on the Google News homepage and you'll immediately get access to the full article on WSJ, not just the two-para summary.