If you like to read Wall Street Journal articles but don’t want to pay for subscription fees, there’s a Google Chrome Extension that will allow you to access full version of the articles without having to go through the Wall Street Journal pay wall.
There’s a free extension in the Google Chrome Web Store called “Read WSJ” which allows readers to bypass the wall Street Journal’s pay wall. The extension is a script that searches for cached versions of Wall Street Journal articles on Google.
The Chrome extension describes the app as “ an extremely small footprint extension and does only one thing – unlock the articles for you and does it by simply using Google’s own search engine and nothing else.” It further states, ”This is just a fun side project with absolutely no commercial motivations. Of-course, we would welcome donations, but it will be too much work to set it up for that ONE person who may consider it.”
This will most likely be taken down from the Chrome App Store very soon but as of this writing, the app is still available for use. I tried it and it works!
This is how the articles on Wall Street Journal look without the extension.
And this is how it looks with the extension.
Opening the locked articles gives you the full article without the usual “To Continue Reading, Subscribe Now” notice.