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Goodbye “3 Free Reads Per Month” on Medium

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Non-members can now see more of an article than before, but for full access, they’re prompted to sign up.

In the past, Medium offered non-members to read three complimentary articles to them to subscribe and become a paying member.

According to Medium, this approach wasn’t as effective as hoped which is why Medium decided to experiment with a new approach (to reach their 1,000,000 paying subscriber milestone in 2024).

So in September 2023, they stopped offering those three free reads and started offering “longer” previews for articles.

Back then, when I read about this change I thought:

“Okay, another pivot. Let’s see what happens.”

Non-members can now see more of an article than before, but for full access, they’re prompted to sign up.

The length of the free preview now is “longer” and varies between 250–400 words, influenced by factors like images and paragraph size.

Attention! This new system has a loophole for short reads.

Non-members can access them completely for free!

Here’s the full story:

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