Quicker access in Blendle to an article behind a paywall

Blendle is a platform to read and pay for articles in all kinds of newspapers and magazines. An “iTunes for journalism“: deposit money in your wallet, then pay typically €0.10 to €0.29 cents for newspaper articles, sometimes up to €0.89 for magazines. A story in itself. And with plans to go international.

Basically all Dutch newspapers participate (as well as the first few international titles). It’s easy to browse through a newspaper or magazine edition, often in its original layout.

Browsing a newspaper in Blendle

But the newspapers don’t really embrace it yet. I often come across articles I’d like to read, but am greeted with a paywall: create an account, get a subscription, blah blah.

WSJ paywall

No link to Blendle, although I can read and pay for the article there. I need to open Blendle, copy for instance the title of the article, and search for it on Blendle. Or find it by browsing their edition in Blendle.

Most of the time, that’s too much effort. I’ll skip the article.

Today I scratched my own itch… a little bookmarklet that you can drag to your bookmarks toolbar. It does a simple thing: switch the page to a Blendle search for the title of the article. Works a lot of the times:

Searching the WSJ article on Blendle

From there, a second click takes me to the article. And to paying for the article.

Full WSJ article on Blendle

To use it as well, drag this link to your bookmarks toolbar: Find in Blendle


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