The New York Times allows for free access to a .pdf of the front page of the paper each day. Here is today’s paper.

I wrote a simple program that emails me this link every morning at 5 a.m. so it’s waiting for me when I get up. It’s really convenient. I just load it and read while drinking my coffee. If you want to get in on this and have a link to the front page delivered to the your inbox every morning just enter your info below and you’ll be added to the list. Simple stuff!

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Why read just the front page? Dr. Harrison, one of my high school history professors, said that you should at least read the front page of the NY Times every day if you want to be a halfway interesting person. That stuck with me. Also: Sometimes the front page is all you have time for before other obligations take you away.

Why not just read the homepage at nytimes.com? I have a list of reasons I think analog consumption of news can be more mind-expanding or educational than digital consumption but I will share that in another post.

Is this kosher? I think so. This page is given away for free so this is not a way to cheat The Times out of change. I believe in supporting journalism in a big way. You should pay for home delivery too if you can keep up with it.

How’d you built this? If you care, the code for this is just PHP and then I send an email template to the email newsletter program Sendy using their API and it checks all the emails associated with this list and then I set up a cron job to make this all happen at 5am.

Ideas about this? Send me a note if you have any thoughts on improvements. I tried to see if the Financial Time sand Wall Street Journal also do this but I don’t think they do.