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Readability: A New Concept In Clean Web Reading

Readability: A New Concept In Clean Web Reading

Readability is a new service that strips all of the ads and other clutter from a website, allowing the reader to view content that is uncluttered and much easier to read than even the RSS version. The other cool thing about Readability from a publisher’s standpoint is that it is a pay service — you can set prices and retain 70% of the revenue that is generated for people reading your website through Readability.

This video explains how it works.

Readability – Enjoy Reading, Support Writing from Arc90 on Vimeo.

You can also read Anil Dash’s endorsement of the product here. (That’s how I found out about it). Here’s why you might want to use it, whether you are a publisher or a reader, or both.

1. Read posts now or later, for those times you find something but don’t have time to read it.

The Readability interface allows you to choose to read an article now or to read it later, which will save a version of that in your account for when you have more time. This is great for those times you find something when you’re browsing around on the web but are worried you won’t find it later, when you have time to read.

2. Subscribe to Readability by the month for a low price.

You don’t have to worry about subscribing to each blog or news outlet with Readability. You just subscribe to the service, and whenever you go to a site that uses that technology, you can add it to your account.

3. Use Readability’s interface.

If you’re a publisher without a decent mobile App, Readability might be your saving grace — readers can view your content by looking at the web, or through the iPad/iPhone app.

Please note that I’ve added the readability function to all of my posts, so anybody who wants to experiment with it can do so whenever they want.

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