I’ve previously mentioned Instapaper on this blog – a fantastic service that lets you easily mark web pages to read later. One great Instapaper feature is that it provides a ‘text-only’ view of any page you bookmark, removing any clutter surrounding the body of the article. I often find it difficult to read from a computer screen for long periods of time; any superfluous ‘debris’ is likely to distract me and I also find shorter lines of text much easier to read than long ones – so this feature is very welcome.
The guys at arc90 have taken this idea and produced a simple bookmarklet that sits in your bookmarks bar, with the aim of making almost any web page ‘readable’ with just one click. It doesn’t work with every website, as it has to try and work out where the main content of a page is, and some sites prove a bit too tricky. When it does work, it’s great for pages that I’m finding difficult to read, but don’t want to add to my Instapaper queue.