The Internet can be an overwhelming place. One minute, you're reading a sensible article about international politics, and the next, there's a flashing Chili's ad on your screen. Luckily, Readability is here to help you cut through all the noise.

This subscription-based website and smartphone app is designed to give you a better online reading experience. Just download the program (free) and a little "Read Now" icon appears on your toolbar. Whenever you come across a web page you find too confusing, you can click the icon to instantly transform the text into something much more, well, readable. You can even adjust font size and line spacing to make the article look just the way you like it.

For a monthly $5 fee, you can take long articles to go on your smartphone for easy-reading later on.

But our favorite part about Readability is the way in which it promotes a sustainable publishing ecosystem: For every article you read, 70 percent of your subscription fee goes to the publisher of that content (and you can always log on to your account to see how your money is being allocated).

You get distraction-free reading. Websites and writers get compensated for their work. Everybody wins.

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