Added a Readability Button to Posts on

Just a quick note that I’ve added a Readability button to posts here on Right now, it only shows up when you’re looking at a single post (permalink page). It looks like this:

What is Readability, you ask? It’s a service that strips a page down to just the good stuff – the text (and images) you want to read. It’s extremely clever about what to display, and it’s one of my new favorite things. I’m signed up as a “contributor”, which means I pay them a few bucks a month, and distribute that among the sites that write the articles I like to read. It integrates with Instapaper, another of my favorite things. Besides being elegant and beautiful, I love that Readability gives me a way to pay for the writing that I read and enjoy. In the spirit of transparency, you can see what I’m reading/contributing to here.

As an experiment, I’m signing up as a Publisher with Readability, so that means (theoretically) if you are a paying Contributor, and you read any of my posts with Readability, I’ll get a small slice of what you contribute. I don’t expect to see much, if anything, by way of money this way, but like I said, it’s an experiment. I’m fascinated by the way writing and journalism are changing because of the web, and being the consummate early adopter, I just had to toss my hat in the ring for this one. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

Update 2011-03-30: I removed the Readability button, as almost no one was clicking on it. Was a fun experiment, and it remains an awesome service. Just one that none of my readers use, apparently. 🙂