Read Internet Content More Efficiently with Readability

Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:17
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Read Internet Content More Efficiently with Readability

Here's an easy tech tip that should help everyone read content on the Internet more efficiently.

It's a pet peeve of mine to open an article on a website only to be bombarded with all the requisite distractions, including:

  • The gigantic banner ad at the top
  • Three tiers of navigation bars to all of the site's content
  • A wide sidebar featuring not-so-related articles, most emailed content, and discounts on your auto insurance

All of these distractions mean that the content you're really interested in reading is squished into a column no wider than 3 inches that you end up scrolling down 3 or 4 pages to read. How is that efficient?

Isn't there an easier way to read Internet content?

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Thankfully, the folks at arc90 have responded to the call and released a bookmarklet app called Readability.

So between the two identical articles from the Wall Street Journal shown below, which do you find easier to read?

The first one:

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Or the second one:

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Just as I thought. Now go get Readability.

Comments (1)

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agluck
Cool little application! Thanks, Bill.

All you do is add it to your favorites.

While READABILITY will be good for reading long articles, it won't be good for many types of web pages that it cannot parse.



agluck , December 15, 2009

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