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Readability is a great way to read articles

A few years ago, I discovered Google Reader and it changed my life.

Gone were the days of opening 20 websites and checking for new articles. Now I could plug in all the websites I frequented and Google Reader would keep a queue of the articles those sites published. What’s more, it would display them in an easy-to-read, clutter-free environment.

I still use Google Reader daily. Occasionally, however, I will get sent an article from a friend in an email. Or I’ll click a link in a Google Reader article. This sends me into the terribly ad-ridden, overly designed WORLD WIDE WEB.

Enter Readability. It converts virtually any article into an extremely eye-friendly version. The font is beautiful. The layout is minimal. And if you’re reading this on my actual blog, you’ll notice that I’ve recently been inspired to follow suit.

Readability is free, but it also has a paid version where you can save articles to read at a later time1. For this, I still use Read It Later.

I use the Google Chrome plugin for Readability, which allows me to instantly convert any page instantly. I highly recommend it.

  1. Part of the proceeds for a paid account go to the authors of the article, which I think is a fantastic concept. []