SimplyRead Strips Web Pages to Their Most Basic Form

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 13th, 2011

Chrome/Firefox: If you thought other reading tools like Readability stripped away the fluff on a website, you haven’t seen anything yet. SimplyRead rips away everything but the title and body text for an ultra-minimalist approach to article presentation.

Install the extension and a small “SR” icon is placed on your browser address bar. Pull up a news article or similarly formatted blog post and click that icon. Everything is stripped away to display just the most basic components of the article and none of the peripheral navigation panels. What does the article above look like when we turn SimplyRead off? Like this:

Hit up the link below to grab a copy for Firefox, Chrome, or a stand-alone JavaScript program that can be integrated with other browsers with a little bit of elbow grease.

SimplyRead [via One Thing Well]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/13/11
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