On the Internet you can find really a lot of articles, blogs, and various texts. If you’re an avid reader like me :), then you will just throw a couple of my tricks, how to read a little to diversify and improve.

[Česká verze článku – 3 Tipy pro čitelnější web!]

Tip 1 – Gutenberg would be happy

Imagine that you read the article in your browser, you will see only the headlines read, balanced text into paragraphs, pretty good in black and white as they browse the book… It’s a story? If you now go up on a page (or portal), jumping on my ads, the text on the page is used in several typefaces, different colors and sizes (I know a bit exaggerating :), does seem like the site, or not? You’re right, it looks like today’s Web. Yet very simple solution is bookmarklet Readability. “Install” to the bookmarklet in a similar manner as outlined in the following figure:

HowTo install redability bookmarklet
HowTo install redability bookmarklet

Now we will show how to use this bookmarklet. For example, the website server ihned.cz. Choose any article and see how the site looks like a standard browser and to retrieve after click to Redability bookmarklet. I think the results are evident at first glance. Thus you know how to use this bookmarklet. Is not it great to have again after a long time, an article in such form as he read directly from the book?

The original version of the article
The original version of the article
After click on Redability bookmarklet
After click on Redability bookmarklet

Tip 2 – Synchronize and read your way to work

As an avid reader, I studied how to fill the empty space of time when I was on the way to work. In my case it is two hours. I prefer this place is filled by reading (and it also makes). But you do not want to read only books, but I want to consume information from the Internet, but a nicer form than in the browser on my mobile phone. Today’s mobile browsers can handle it as their “fathers” at the desktop, so there again we have a problem with the confused heap of ballast, which the Articles do not want. The only salvation for me was the installation of add-on Read It Later (if you want to use the full power of Read It Later and synchronize your reading the article with more facilities such as iPad, iPhone, HTC, BlackBerry, on Windows Mobile, Andriod … and others, it is necessary to register on the site Read It Later List, registration is free. What benefits you will describe further in the article).

Main functions for Read It Later

  1. Store links to articles (pages) in the queue. By reading the delay later. Links in the queue function like bookmarks, but here it’s really the importance of the queue! Just an article you like, but you do not have time for it now, you would read it on the way home from work, such as a tram or bus. Putting him in a queue and to read it, so he removes from the queue. Simple and practical. Queue should not only accumulate, should be also empty. Evacuated to the fact that you read the buffered articles.
  2. Allows for offline reading – if you set the addon (choice Settings -> Offline -> mark “Automatically make all saved pages avilable offline” and “Download web view“), Then, after adding a reference to the queue will download the page to the browser cache. In the event that you are connected to the Internet, so you can rest in the offline view articles you have queued for reading.
  3. References stored in the queue to a server and allows you to synchronize to other devices (and so I’m doing exactly the way to work – currently on the HTC Touch Pro 2 – screenshots are below)

How it “runs” in the browser

After installation, add to that in the browser, in the place where you enter the address (URL) icon appears, you can use to add just open page in a queue for later reading. How does my queue:

My queue in Firefox browser...
My queue in Firefox browser...

Reading articles from the Read It Later QUEUE in the browser

Next set of pictures shows how to use add-on Read It Later in practice. I think this will please every reader, you can see just the right format and also nicely readable text on the entire site. Well is not this better than using “normal” AdBlock Filter? In addition, if you look closely at the upper right corner (yes this cogwheel in the third picture), click on it appears to choose the font size for example, or choice black-on-the-white or white-on-the-black (day/night). Really very handy.

Read article from the queue...
Read article from the queue...
The original version of the article
The original version of the article
After click on "T" letter from the queue
After click on "T" letter from the queue

Reading articles on the HTC Touch Pro2 device

On the pages Read It Later you will find links to applications for other devices (or other browsers) that can log in to your account Read It Later and download the offline version of the pages. Then you can easily read these pages on a train, metro or bus journey to work. (reading while driving in a car I do not recommend :) And here are some pictures of the HTC Touch Pro2 device, such as may appear offline reading articles:

Hlavní obrazovka programu LateReader
Hlavní obrazovka programu LateReader
LateReader - nastavení synchronizace
LateReader - nastavení synchronizace
LaterReader - seznam článků
LaterReader - seznam článků
LaterReader - volba méně či více textu
LaterReader - volba méně či více textu
LaterReader - čtení článku (1)
LaterReader - čtení článku (1)
LaterReader - čtení článku (2)
LaterReader - čtení článku (2)

Instapaper it’s a little different

On a similar, maybe better for someone, working Instapaper. In principle, then you just have any browser toolbar at the top two icons bookmarks – one bookmarklet to ensure the imposition of a queue link and a second link to the site Instapaper. For some it may be the key that is on these pages do not need to register if you want to use the option “Keep everything in cookies“. If you want to synchronize with other devices, you need to register for free. Instapaper I stopped, at least show you how to look my queue references to “read later“:

Instapaper queue...
Instapaper queue...

Tip 3 – Ad removed

The last and least practical, as it is totally the simplest way to eliminate the possibility of annoying ads articles. This was certainly one of those advertisements does not want to pay, but the reader now so many rolls of pages of advertising ballast, it’s really to bad. The choice of how to deal with the ad seems to me to remain on the reader.

Options to remove the ads are few and are dependent on the choice of browsers. Firefox is doing for removing ads probably best in this case only briefly refer to the well-known add-ons AdBlock Plus and FlashBlock. Both are in the popularity ranking glutton ads in the first place. Similar additions can be found today and certainly for your browser Google Chrome. But what if you use multiple browsers or want ad filter for virtually all HTTP connections (in Microsoft Windows OS). In this case, it is much better to use the program Ad Muncher from the Australian programmers. The program acts as an HTTP proxy and filters all HTTP traffic to the network. The program is not free, but the $ 29.95 Australian dollars isn’t much, license is tied to one computer, but I got it almost 5 years and at that price I have updated all the time for free. The program works by filtering the total content delivered to site before it gets to draw in the browser. Then tighten the page directly scans and modifies the resulting HTML code (including JavaScript). This could well devour all ads, or even all sorts of other bad behavior of some pages (pop-ups, etc.).

Examples of removing ads from inhed.cz portal:

The original portal site ihned.cz
The original portal site ihned.cz
Home - portal ihned.cz Adblock turned on
Home - portal ihned.cz Adblock turned on
Home - portal ihned.cz - enabled Ad Muncher
Home - portal ihned.cz - enabled, Ad Muncher

The results show that the use AdBlock Plus in Firefox is just as good as using the program Ad Muncher, however, lose the advantage of filtering all HTTP traffic (advertising can be hidden really anywhere). I hope you will enjoy these tips.

Sources:

  1. Scott Hanselman – Two Must-Have Tools for a More Readable Web.
  2. Ad Muncher
  3. Read It Later

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