Why I love Readability, with screenshots

Readability is a Firefox add-on that improves the experience of reading long articles in your browser by getting all the extraneous cruft out of the way. I use it every single day and love it to bits.

Here, for example, is a screenshot of what a typical Harvard Business Review article looks like in Firefox (Persona: Save the Bees Plz by monorail cat):

Old Crufty
before-readability

With the Readability add-on installed, all I have to do is hit a quick keyboard shortcut (alt-cmd-R) and the page will reload and be reformatted by Readability. It looks like this:

New Clean
after-readability

It’s just so, so much better. arc90, you have made a great thing. Thanks 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Why I love Readability, with screenshots

  1. I’ve been wondering for awhile if this shouldn’t be a feature of Firefox. The extension use case definitely isn’t niche (reading information on the Web), and the experience is really fantastic.

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