Online reading is not the same as reading a newspaper, book or magazine. The main reason why it is not the same are the many options that webmasters have to display text and other elements on their websites. They can select different fonts, font sizes, font weight, colors and other aspects. Newspaper and books on the other hand use more or less the same kind of fonts, text sizes and margins.
Readability is a bookmarklet that aids the Internet user in improving the online reading experience. We have discussed other options before like the Tidyread add-on for the Firefox web browser or Washer which turns colors into grayscale for better readability.
Readability is a little bit different as it offers some choices during the creation of the bookmarklet. You can select an individual style (newspaper, ebook, novel and terminal), size (small, medium, large and extra-large) and margin (narrow, medium, wide and extra-wide) to improve online reading. The bookmarklet will use the selected parameters that you specify during creation.
But Readability will not only change the text that is displayed on the website; It will also remove all the clutter - and by all we mean everything from advertisement, sidebars and comments - from the page so that only the title, images and text remains. Below is a screenshot of the original article HP Photosmart Premium All in one of Otakugadgets.com and the same article after having used the Readability bookmarklet with the ebook, medium, medium settings.
Update: Readability has been released for many different platforms since our first review of the service. You can now install it as a browser add-on or on mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone or Android devices. The functionality itself has not changed though.