How-To Geek Combines Readability and URL Shortening in One

Readability–the web browser add-on that formats web sites for easy reading–has rolled out a new service that combines URL shortening and Readabillity reformatting. Now you can share cleanly formatted articles without the recipient even using Readability.

Plug in the URL, click Shorten & Read, and then either read it yourself or share it with a friend. Anyone who follows the link will enjoy the clean formatting of the Readability browser add-on without having to actually install it. In the above example we formatted our Kindle jailbreak article with great results. You can read the original article here and the version here. [via MakeUseOf]

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 04/26/11

Comments (5)

  1. Bjarnovikus

    The link is wrong… it doesn’t work with me with https but it does with http wich redirects me to


    Jason, the link for the readability version did not work for me, it showed same article as original.
    Note: lifehacker is not the same without you.

  3. Matt Burris

    Lifehacker hasn’t been the same since the terrible redesign. You’d think it wouldn’t affect the content but for some reason it did. There’s far less interesting topics being posted now, so I’ve had to find similar sites to fill in what’s been missing, which is why I come to this site daily as well as Ghacks.

  4. Deva

    It works..
    Just click “Readability view” on top of page.

  5. Jason Fitzpatrick

    @GHGLSFFHJ: It seems like their redirect is acting up (and has been for most of the day). Try the direct link that Bjarnovikus suggested:

    Also, I’m glad you missed me and found me here! =)

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