I despise multi-page articles with the heat of a million suns. The Page One extension for Safari and Chrome fixes them, automatically displaying the single-page version of articles for several popular news sites. Install the extension now:
Why This Is Awesome
You know the drill: instead of letting you read articles all at once, too many websites chunk them up into multiple pages, interrupting the flow for the cynical purpose of inflating page views for advertisers. That's not only annoying and time consuming, but it also screws up "read it later" services like the excellent Instapaper. Instead of saving the entire article for later reading, you get only the first page—a big drag if you're using the Instapaper app offline.
Web publishers know this is annoying and so they frequently throw us a bone by offering a single-page view of articles. That's what they should do in the first place, and the Page One extension makes it so. I built the creation for myself for sites I use frequently and so, for the moment, it gives you single-page articles for only these sites:
- The New York Times
- The New Yorker
- The Atlantic
- Vanity Fair
- The New York Observer
Update: July 24, 2011
Version 1.1 of the extension adds support for these additional sites:
- Columbia Journalism Review
- Foreign Policy
- Intelligent Life
- Lapham's Quarterly
- The Nation
- The New Republic
- Outside Online
- Rolling Stone
- Village Voice
- The Washington Post
Let me know if there are other sites you'd like to see supported, and I'll be happy to take a look. Meantime, happy uninterrupted reading!
Update July 27, 2011
Many thanks to everyone for all the suggestions for additional sites, keep 'em coming! I'll take a look at each and every one. A caveat: the way that the extension works is that it silently changes URLs for multipage articles to those of publicly available single-page or print-friendly views. In other words, for me to support a site, it has to have public a single-page or print-friendly view. (The excellent Ars Technica site, for example, requires a paid subscription to get access to the single-page view, a clever perk for loyal readers, but one which means I can't add it to the extension.) Ultimately, whether I can support a site depends on the content management system the site uses. So, feel free to suggest away, and I'll see what I can do!
How to request support for a site
Just add to the comments below. No need to add a comment if your site has already been suggested. When you suggest a site, it would be great if you could also post a URL to a multipage article on that site along with a link to its corresponding print/email page.
If you're code-inclined and enjoy this kind of thing, you can further contribute by helping me identify the URL pattern to use. Some sites simply add a query string like
page=all to the URL. Feel free to point that out if you see that pattern. Other sites actually change the form of the URL; The Atlantic, for example, replaces
/print/ in the URL itself to get a printer-friendly page. If you like doing regex, feel free to suggest the pattern to pull off this switcheroo. (Not trying to dish off the work to you good folks, but if it's something you enjoy poking at, feel free.)
How does Page One differ from Readability or Safari Reader?
I'm in love with Readability. I am publicly saying here and now, I want to make out with each and every one of the folks responsible. But it's a different take. Readability strips out the page's design, including its navigation. The goal is to send the site away and leave only the content behind. Page One meanwhile leaves the site design in place (in most cases), letting you see the article's entire content without breaking from the site's browsing experience. You don't have to take any action to trigger Page One's functionality, either. It makes its changes silently so that you're getting full content as part of your casual browsing. Page One and Readability are nice complements, I think.
Thanks again for all the good words, folks, and I'll see about implementing your suggestions over the next few days.