Getting around the New York Times paywall is a typical cat-and-mouse game. After a recent update to nytimes.com, the existing utilities out there stopped working, so I put together another solution. Drag the bookmarklet blow into your bookmarks bar, and the next time you're told that you have reached your monthly limit of free articles, simply click.
Believe it or not, I really don't condone any form of intellectual property theft (or, in this case, intellectual property cheating), and I am in fact a paid subscriber to the New York Times. I'm making this utility available for one reason only: to get the attention of the New York Times in order to deliver the following message:
I am both a believer in, and a supporter of, high-quality and objective investigative journalism. I understand that high-quality journalism costs money, and that over the last few years, the New York Times has had to make some difficult decisions about its business models. I think it's important to give readers a way to pay for the content they appreciate in order to ensure that it remains available, and I encourage you to continue to experiment with new and innovative forms of access.
As you do so, however, I have just one request: please remove ads from paid mobile subscriptions. Paying for content and being subjected to distracting advertisements is completely contrary to the expectation of the mobile application experience. I understand that print edition customers have always been exposed to advertising, however as we all know, applying models developed around traditional media to new forms of digital media almost never works. In this case, giving paying customers a similar experience to non-subscribers on mobile devices feels like you're "double dipping" and does not create a positive association with your brand.
I'm not asking to get anything for free. I'm simply asking for a little more value where your readers already expect to find it.
I'm currently paying $8.75/week, and I still get ads — sometimes ads on top of ads.