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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Bibliophiles on September 13, 2022
If you're wondering how to read The New York Times, we have the answers for you. Here’s how to read it online and in print, as well as with text to speech.

    How to read The New York Times for maximum efficiency

    The New York Times is one of the most popular newspapers of all time, and many people around the world—not just residents of New York City—keep up with the latest news with the newspaper. If you want to get the most out of your reading experience with The NYT, there are a couple of ways you can consume the articles with maximum efficiency. 

    Rapidly access The Times through their website

    The simplest and most effective way to use The New York Times is via the website at Naturally, this will allow you to access the content of The Times and read any article you want. However, there is a problem many users face—the paywall.

    There are a few things to know about The New York Times website. While it is possible to read a limited number of articles for free on a single device, you will quickly find yourself blocked from reading more articles for free once you reach your limit. If you enjoy reading The New York Times and want to read more articles than what you can access for free, the simplest answer is to get a subscription.

    Fortunately, there are a few different subscription plans, and some can be quite affordable. Additionally, the NYT website offers a few sections you can browse for free without paying anything at all. These are usually reserved for the most important global news.

    You can also use different coupons to get a subscription discount. When you create an account, you will also get a trial version of the website you can use for a limited amount of time. If you are a non-subscriber, you can read free ten articles per month before you hit the paywall.

    Prioritize the sections you want most with a physical copy

    As you are probably aware, The New York Times covers a wide range of topics. Whether you enjoy reading about finances, politics, health, true crime, and The Times book reviews or doing the daily crossword puzzle, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Of course, you should always start with the front page to read up on the latest breaking news.

    There are also thousands of locations where you can get a print edition if you prefer that over a digital subscription, and you can order print copies directly from the website. The New York Times gives you an option to order not only today’s paper but also any issue from the past 90 days. 

    Furthermore, you can subscribe to the website to check out the archive, where The New York Times offers partial and complete digital issues from 1851 to today. Of course, if you prefer physical copies, you will need to go to the public library for the earlier issues.

    To fully enjoy the content, you should focus on areas and topics that are interesting to you. After all, why would you waste time on something you have no interest in? Familiarize yourself on how to navigate to your favorite sections of the website or which sections in the physical edition you’ll want to flip to right away.

    You can find all the necessary details about subscriptions for both online and physical issues on the NYT website, where you will be able to check out various subscription plans. 

    Multitask while listening to The Times with Speechify

    One of the simplest ways to enjoy The Times is by using Speechify. As a powerful text to speech (TTS) tool, Speechify works on virtually any device—including as a mobile app for iOS and Android, as well as for PC and Mac computers.

    The Speechify app is easy to use, and you can even use it on HTML via the Chrome extension if you want to read The New York Times through your web browser. It is a great way to simplify the process and multitask while listening to the latest news. You can choose between several different languages and accents to improve your listening experience as Speechify’s natural-sounding AI voices read the news out loud to you.

    Speechify also allows you to listen to specific paragraphs or sections, and it will be easier for you to do other things while listening to The New York Times. If you have a preferred section or paragraph you want to enjoy, you can focus just on those without having to listening to the whole paper or even an entire article.

    Another great addition for those that are subscribed to physical copies is that they can use OCR to convert physical text into voice, as well. Just take a photo of the page you want to listen to, and the app will convert it to voice.

    By listening to the articles read out lout, you can multitask by doing chores around the house, while driving, while exercising, or anything else you can think of. With Speechify, it’s easier than ever to stay up-to-date on the latest news while you go about your daily life.

    So, whether you have physical or digital access to The New York Times, Speechify will help you listen to them anywhere you go. The tool is also helpful for listening to text on social media, other websites, digital and print documents, and any other writing. 

    This means that you can turn any type of text into your own podcast in just a couple of steps. You can use Speechify for various other papers such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Los Angeles Times, the Daily Mail, Reuters, and many others.


    What level of reading is The New York Times?

    The level of reading in The New York Times is about a high school tenth-grade reading level. This means that the content is written for people around 16 years of age or older, and it is similar to 60 on the Flesch scale. While the content is marked as “fairly difficult to read,” this shouldn’t worry you. Of course, you can always use a tool like Speechify to improve reading comprehension.

    The New York Times is not a scientific paper, and you probably won’t have any problems enjoying the content. 

    What kind of person reads The New York Times?

    Anyone can enjoy The New York Times. There are no rules when it comes to age or interests. Furthermore, there are numerous sections you can explore, which means that you are bound to find something you’ll enjoy. 

    The majority of readers are quite young, between 30 and 49 years old. The next largest audience is between 18 and 29, and the paper attracts people from all income classes.

    How do I subscribe to The New York Times?

    The simplest way to subscribe to The New York Times online is though the website ( This will be a lot easier than visiting a newsstand on a daily basis. 

    If you are a first-time reader, you can choose which subscription plan to get the unlimited access, and choose whether you want to subscribe to the digital or physical version of the paper. Remember to bookmark the page so you have easy access to it.

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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