TechBite – 5 Cool Web Services You Have to Try

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By Steve Bass

Readability: Read Web Pages Without Clutter
Junk and clutter: It’s the blaring banner ads and annoying boxes that slide across the screen that are ruining the Web. I avoid it all with a smart ad blocker — Ad Muncher, a miraculous tool.

But there’s still a problem.

Web pages aren’t designed for reading, and that’s one of my pleasures: Reading product and movie reviews, for instance, or devouring John McPhee‘s lengthy pieces in The New Yorker, or James Fallows (read his old, but still valuable What Was I Thinking? in The Atlantic).

Up until now, I’d click the Print button if the site offered one. Then I discovered Readability, a site that reformats any page of text to conform to your reading style. Set up Readability by choosing a style, font size, and margin width, and then drag the Readability bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar. The next time you’re on a Web page you want to read, click the Readability link and the transformation happens immediately. (You can get a better idea by watching the video.)

Arc90 calls Readability an experiment. I say it’s a keeper. Get more details at the Readability blog.


Atlantic article before using Readability.


Atlantic article after using Readability.

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This post is excerpted with Steve’s permission from his TechBite blog.

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6 thoughts on “TechBite – 5 Cool Web Services You Have to Try

  1. I use Fire Fox and it doe’s pretty much the same thing without using up memory space for a download.

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