For years now I have followed the same general practice when trying to read something online, especially on a newspaper or magazine site: first, stumble across an interesting article; second, look for a “print option” so that I can rescue the article from the surrounding noise and clutter of ads and links; third, increase the size of the text to a readable level; fourth and last, read the article. (And that assumes that the “print” option is available — when it isn't, sometimes I just give up and go to another site.)
All that has changed, thanks to Readability. Now I find the article, click the Readability bookmarklet in the bookmarks toolbar of any browser I happen to be using, and read away. I think it’s safe to say that no one has made a bigger contribution to online reading than the good folks at arc90. I am very much in their debt.
(Also, for those who have similar frustrations while trying to watch YouTube videos, there’s quietube.)