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readable_headHave you ever needed to read something that is on a horribly formatted website? I am talking about white text on a light colored background or dark purple text on a dark background.  Maybe the page you need to retrieve some knowledge from is riddled with pornography? Or maybe you are sensitive to all the penile enlargement advertisements?

Any which way an awesome “Bookmarklet” site called Readable is about to change the way you deal with sites like this.

Up until now I would have to copy the entire text from the web page using Control – A and then Control – C. I would paste my results into a notepad window and read it there. Now with Readable located here this is no longer necessary and all I need to do is click a button in my browser.

I know at first glance this can be a little confusing and that is why I am including the author’s “Silent Film” below:

If you are still interested in Readable we will cover how to use and configure it below. After browsing on over to their website you are greeted with the screen you see below. Simply click on either gray bar (on both sides of the main text) and you will be given a configuration screen and the ability to drag your bookmarklet to your favorites.



After clicking on the grey bar you will see the following options:


As you make changes to your Font, Font Size, Layout, Color and margins it will be represented in the preview below Step 2. If you like what you have done all you need to do is drag the readable bookmarklet to your favorites bar. I have shown this below in Firefox 3.

It is the same thing for most other modern browsers where you can drag a link and save it as a favorite. The favorite then has the java code that is executed. You can see what it is running by hovering over it with your mouse. Now that we have it configured let’s give it a try!


I found an article that I wanted to read. It is located here. I browsed on over to that webpage and hit my new bookmarklet.


After hitting my Readable button this is what I was returned with:


This will be a huge help to me in my day to day web browsing and researching modes.

Anyone use something similar? Do you love this or hate it? Share your comments with us – guess where? In the comments!

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