Now, I must say that I have some hesitations with this tool. I am a strong believer in the idea of reading someone’s published content in the environment that they painstakingly created. When it comes to reading my favourite blog, I prefer to read every article in the browser, not in my feed reader. Why? Because a blogger’s site is part of the experience.
It’s like you’re being invited into their home. I want to read their writing in their intended setting.
Having said that, there is definitely place for a tool like Readability. When it comes to community sites, news portals, and other online syndications, the characteristics I mention above are not so prevalent.
And, in most cases, these types of sites are the most offensive when it comes to surrounding the reader with digital clutter. These are the kind of sites that Readability was intended for.
Try It Out
Here’s how to get started with this tool. Browse to the page and choose your preferred settings.
A nice touch with this tool is how they’ve given different options for how you want the text displayed, and then preview it for you. Have a Kindle? Then perhaps you want your text in the eBook style. Maybe you prefer monospace fonts. Choose the Terminal style then.
No matter how you like your text, Readability should have an option that works for you. My only wish here is that you could specify your font as well.
After you’ve chosen your desired settings, simply drag the Bookmarklet button to your browser’s bookmark bar.
Once you’ve done that, you simply click the new button you’ve created. I prefer to use a folder to store all of my favourite bookmarklets for easy access.
Now go to CNN.com or a similar news site and get reading. And learn to enjoy the beauty of pure text.