January 10, 2020

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How To Read Harvard Business Review Website Without Subscription 2020

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Find out how to read Harvard Business Review website without subscription with any of the three methods suggested.

Do you know you can read all the articles available from its site,without having to sign up as a paid subscriber?

Yes, you can get around Harvard Business Review site paywall.

It means you can still continue to read the rest of the articles, after you have reached its three-free articles limit.

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If you visit the Harvard Business Review home page, you can see a strong red horizontal banner at the bottom of the page, with this reminder:

"3/3 Free Articles left Register for more | Subscribe to Access the Archive'

It means you can read three free articles only.

After the third free article, you will see this reminder at the bottom of the page:

"0/3 Free Articles left Register for more | Subscribe to Access the Archive"

It means this is the last free article which you can read.

If you continue to click the next article, you can only see the title and the first paragraph of it.

At the bottom it reads:

"You're out of free articles for this month. Sign in or create a free HBR.org account to read more articles."

If you want to continue reading its articles for free, keep reading...

I will show you how to overcome HBR.org paywall issue.

In other words, you don't have to be a paid subscriber to access all its articles.

You don't have to wait for another 30 days to read or view BHR articles for free.

You can read them right now.

Below are FOUR (4) workable ways which can bypass the Harvard Business Review paywall.

METHOD ONE: Clear Browser Cookies

This is what you do:

1. After you have just read or viewed the last (third) free article, DO NOT click to the next question.

2. You clear the browser cookies first.

3. Click on "History" at the menu bar which is at the top of your computer screen.

4. Then click on "Clear Recent History..."

Note: Make sure the "Cookies" under "History" is checked (with a tick in the box).

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5. Click on "Clear Now" button.

6. Now click on the next article which you want to read.

7. It will load the full article, without being blocked by the registration box.

8. Now you will see the strong red banner below says:

"2/3 Free Articles left Register for more."

9. It means now you can continue to read two more free articles.

10. Once you have read the third article, again you have to clear your browser cookies, as I have just shown you above.

11. From there you can keep on reading all Harvard Business Review online articles, without having to register as a paid subscriber.

It is as simple as that.

Note:  This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

METHOD TWO: Bypass Paywalls Firefox Extension

For this method, you just install this free Bypass Paywalls Firefox extension onto your Firefox browser.

Note: By installing this free Firefox extension, you not only get to read all the articles from HBR site, you can also access tons of free articles and news stories from popular sites, including The New York Times, The Age, The Atlantic, etc.)

This is what you do:

1. Get this free Bypass Paywalls Firefox extension.

2. When you are at the site, scroll down a little, and click on "Download and install the latest version".

3. When you click on it, a menu will pop up.

4. Click "Continue to Installation".

5. The bypass paywall extension will be installed onto your Firefox browser right away.

6. You will see this small Bypass Paywalls extension icon on the Firefox address bar.

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7. That's all you need to do.

After you have properly installed this extension, you can now read unlimited Harvard Business Review website articles for free, without interruption by the subscription reminder anymore.

You will notice that each time when you click to a new article, the bottom banner with the free-article reminder keeps saying:

"2/3 Free Articles left."

With this Firefox extension, you can read unlimited Harvard Business Review articles.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

Find out how to install Bypass Paywalls Extension to Chrome.

METHOD THREE: Firefox Temporary Containers Extension

1. Installed this Firefox Temporary Containers extension.

2. After you have installed it, you can begin to read all the articles of Harvard Business Review, without being blocked by its paywall anymore.

3. Go to Harvard Business Review home page.

4. RIGHT CLICK on any of the article title which you want to read.

5. A menu pops up next to the article title.

6. Click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

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7. It will open a new tab with the article.

8. At the bottom of the page, the strong red horizontal banner at the bottom of the page shows:

"2/3 Free Articles left Register for more."

9. To read the next article, again you RIGHT CLICK on the article title.

10. Similarly, a menu pops up next to the article title.

11. Then click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

12. It opens a new tab with your new article, bypassing its paywall.

13. Again, the reminder banner at the bottom of the page still shows:

"2/3 Free Articles left Register for more."

14. It means you have overcome its paywall.

15. To keep on reading other articles, you must RIGHT CLICK on the article titles.

16. Then you click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

17. That's all, folks.

Note: This Temporary Containers Extension CANNOT be installed to Chrome.

METHOD FOUR: Reader View Extension

NOTE: This method ONLY WORKS for Google Chrome.

You have to install the "Reader View" extension or add-on onto your Chrome browser.

This is what you do:

1. Get "Reader View" extension here.

2. Click on the blue color "Add to Chrome" button.

3. A box pops up, click on "Add extension".

4. Once it is installed onto your Chrome, you can see its small gray color icon (an open book with lines depicting text) on the address bar.

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5. That's all.

How to use "Reader View" extension.

1. When you come to blocked article, you just click on its icon at the address bar.

2. The blocked article will now appear by itself in full on a clean page, without all the other content on the HBR site.

3. To read the next article, you will be blocked by the paywall again.

4. Similarly, you click on the "Reader View" extension or add-on.

5. Once again, this new article will appear without any problem.

You can use any of the four ways to read your favorite HBR site articles, and remember to share these tips with others.


SPECIAL NOTE: While I trying out all these hacking methods to bypass HBR paywall, I came across certain articles which are termed as "subscriber only article".

It shows only one paragraph.

When I scrolled down, I saw this remark:

"This is a subscriber-only article", together with the "Subscribe Now" button.

To view this article in full, this is what I did:

1. Click on "Toggle Reader View" icon on your Firefox browser.

2. It is located at the address bar.

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 3. When you click on the icon, it changes to blue color.

4. The complete article will appear in a clean uncluttered page.

Note: Instead of clicking on the "Toggle Reader View" icon, you can just press "F9" key of your keyboard, to read the full article.

Here is a sample of this kind of article.


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