June 6, 2020

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How To Read Scientific American For Free With These 5 Tricks

Do you know you can read Scientific American for free with these five methods?

Yes, in fact there are a few ways you can bypass Scientific American paywall.

On April 15, 2019, scientificamerican.com announced that readers will receive three articles for free before being asked to subscribe.

To be exact, you can actually read all together five free articles from its website.

After you have read the second article, you will see a banner at the bottom of the page, that says: "You have 3 free articles left".

When you come to the fifth article, you will be reminded that: "This is your last free article".

If you continue to click the sixth article, you can only read the first paragraph, and the probably the first two lines of the second paragraph.

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The following text gradually faded out leaving the article incomplete.

It is closely followed with a blue color "Sign In" button, together with the Scientific American subscription box.

How To Read Scientific American For Free

So how do you continue reading the rest of Scientific American articles without being a subscriber?

Just follow any of this FIVE (5) methods below:

METHOD ONE: Clear Browser Cookies

When you reach the sixth article which you cannot read anymore, this is what you do:

1. Click on "History" at the menu bar at the top of your computer screen.

2. 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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3. Click on "Clear Now" button.

4. Now click on the "Reload current page" icon (next to Firefox Home Page icon)

5. It will reload the page, and this sixth incomplete article will now appeared in full.

6. In other words, you can continue reading this sixth article without being blocked by its paywall.

7. You can just keep on reading the next scientific article.

8. Then after you have read the following one, it will again remind you:

"You have 3 free articles left", just like before.

9.After you have come to the "sixth" (or rather the twelfth) incomplete article, again you clear the browser cookies.

10. Then you can start reading the articles without obstruction again.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

METHOD TWO: Bypass Paywalls Firefox Extension

You just install this free Bypass Paywalls Firefox extension onto your Firefox browser.

You can enjoy endless articles on this site, without any reminder or interruption.

In short, you bypass the Scientific American paywall.

In fact this free extension can bypass lots of websites' paywalls .(Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, The Herald, etc.)

This is what you do:

1. Go to get your 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 the small Bypass Paywalls extension icon on the Firefox address bar, as shown below.

Firefox Bypass Paywalls extension

7. That's all you need to do.

After you have properly installed this extension, you can now read all the Scientific American articles for free, without subscription, or in fact any interruption.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.


You can use this free tool to read all Scientific American articles which you want.

First you need to copy out the article URL from Scientific American website.

This is how you do it:

1. Move your mouse cursor over the article title.

2. Right click on your mouse.

3. A menu pops up.

4. Left click on "Copy Link Location".

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5. Now go to OUTLINE site.

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6. Paste the article URL onto the space provided, below "ENTER ARTICLE URL".

7. Then click on the "CREATE OUTLINE" green button

8. It will outline the article.

9. Once it is completed, the Scientific American article will appear.

That's all.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

METHOD FOUR: Firefox Temporary Containers Extension

This method, you can forget about its free articles limit issue.

You just installed the Firefox extension, and you can just keep reading all its content to your heart's content.

This is what you do:

1. Install the Firefox Temporary Containers extension.

2. After you have installed it, you can start reading your unlimited free articles right away.

3. To keep reading the Scientific American articles, you just RIGHT CLICK on any of the article title.

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

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

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6. Once again, the new article will open in a new tab.

7. You can keep on reading all the available articles without being blocked by its paywall.

8. Remember you just RIGHT CLICK on the article titles, then click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

9. It doesn't even show the number of free articles left reminder anymore.

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

 METHOD Five: Disable CSS/JavaScript

This method you need to disable Firefox Style Sheet.

In other words, you disable the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

This is how to do it:

1. When you encounter the paywall, click on "View" at the menu bar, at the top of your computer screen.

2. A menu drops down.

3. Move your mouse cursor to "Page Style", then click on "No Style".

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4. Instantly the page layout will change.

5. I know it is messy looking, but the blocked content is still intact.

6. In other words, you can still read the article in full without being obstructed.

Note: This method also WORKS with Google Chrome.

But Chrome itself DOES NOT have the built-in function to disable CSS.

You have to install "Web Developer" extension, which can disable CSS.

How to use it:

1. Install "Web Developer" extension onto your Google Chrome.

2. After you have installed it, you can see its small icon (image of a gear wheel) at the top right hand corner of the address bar.

3. When you come to the blocked page, you click on the "Web Developer" extension icon.

4. A rectangular menu pops up.

5. Click on "Disable JavaScript".

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6. A green color tick sign appears in front of "Disable JavaScript".

7. Now you reload the blocked page.

8. You can read the complete article in full view, without obstruction.

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