A while ago I wrote about a great resource called Readability. It’s a site that strips the clutter- ads, links, and extraneous images. Unfortunately, it’s now out of beta testing and it requires a fee. Too bad- because lots of my students (ok, me too) benefit from seeing a less distracting page.
I should have known that I had the tool all along. If you use Safari, you have a built in “Reader Tool” that will do the same thing.
When you load a page in Safari, you may get a small box on the right side of the address toolbar that says “Reader.” Click that box. You will get a PDF looking page that is mainly text. It can be printed or emailed, and you can zoom in and out.
A great way to use this is to click the print button and then save the document as a PDF. You can then use the annotation tools to make notes and highlight text.