Apps alter reading on the web

The DVR rocked the world of television by letting viewers skip commercials and build their own home viewing schedules. Now a handful of web services and applications are starting to do much the same thing to online publishers, reports the New York Times. These tools make it easier for people to read web articles how, when and where they want, often dispensing with carefully arranged layouts and advertisements of publishers. One popular tool, Readability, strips articles to the bare minimum of text and photographs with a single click. But now, Readability wants to give something back to publishers. On Tuesday, the developers behind the tool will unveil a service that requires a subscription fee of at least $5 a month. The service, also called Readability, plans to distribute 70 percent of that fee to the news outlets and blogs that each subscriber is reading…

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