Readability had been my bookmarklet of choice for getting web pages to a state where they look like something you would actually want to read. There had been plenty of developments to its story, but personally I hadn’t quite got into their latest web-service-like version.
I have known Readable as long (since I wrote about both), but in same time it seems to have travelled opposite direction – closer to my tastes and needs for reading bookmarklet.
What it does
The purpose of Readable is to clean up current web page for maximum reading comfort. You start by configuring parameters to your liking and then save bookmarklet to use when you need it.
Current customization range is very strong and gives a lot of control over typography, including quite a selection of fonts (powered by Google Web Fonts).
Settings cater to everyone, from less typography-inclined (like yours truly) with ready-made font and color schemes to those who need complete control with custom CSS option.
What I especially like about mechanics is that instead of body of page getting reformatted, cleaned up version is instead being layered on top. This means that going both to and from Readable version is snappy and doesn’t require annoying page reload.
I tried hard to come up with some and was really holding on to annoying flickering when scrolling to the end of the article… But by the time I got writing this – it got fixed. Last flaw it was.
Great bookmarklet that completely surpassed Readability (as for me). If you are using something like this already – check out this one and you might switch. If you aren’t using bookmarklet for reading online – this would be perfect start.