Adding Readability to Google Reader’s Send To Menu

Sent to Menu

I usually spend most of my time on the internet going through my RSS feeds on Google Reader. Reader has a great feature called Send to at the bottom of each post which allows you to send the current article to a list of predefined sites or you can define custom sites to send the article to.

Send to Predefined sites

The included list of predefined sites offers plenty of options, but it is missing entries for I’ve used Twitter, Tumblr and Posterous before, but lately I find myself only using Readability since I’m able to send the article to my Kindle.

In order to add the entries just click on “create custom link” and fill in the box with the following and click Save when done. I created two links, one for Read Later and the other for Read Now. You can add both or just the Read Later.

Read Now

Name: Readability (READ NOW)
Icon URL:

Read Later

Name: Readability (READ LATER)
Icon URL:

Here is what it should look like.

Create Custom Link

The READ NOW and READ LATER entries will open a new window/tab which will require an extra step to either activate the reader mode or save it for later.

First, lets take a look at READ NOW. Once the new window/tab opens you will see the original article with a toolbar at the top with the option to switch to “Readability View”. I contacted the Readability Team about this behavior and was told the following (which seem fair):

The reason we show the page first and have you click through to the Readability view is that we don’t want to deprive the publisher of any page views. We’re not looking to infringe on anyone’s copyrights or step on any toes, so we figure that showing you the page as is first is the best way to go. We are sorry if this is an inconvenience.

If you have any more questions or comments, just let us know.


The Readability Team

I would like to thank “The Readability Team” for their quick response to my question.

Page displayed by selecting READ NOW

Next, lets take a look at READ LATER. Selecting this entry will open a new window/tab and will ask you to confirm adding the article. Once you confirm by selecting “Yes, save to my Reading List” it will redirect to the original article.

READ LATER Confirmation page


9 thoughts on “Adding Readability to Google Reader’s Send To Menu”

  1. Thanks! We’ve done a less wonderful job of explaining that at–how-can-i-manually-add-readability-as-a-custom-send-to-service-in-google-reeder- —much gratitude for sharing it with your readers (including our own sysadmin!)

  2. it doesn’t take me directly to readability view when i click read now.  It bring up the original article and i have to click the readability view banner on the top.  does anyone else have this issue?

    for the save now, i also have to confirm to save the article.  is there a way to avoid this?

    1. Sorry for the late reply, for some reason my discuss notification were being sent to spam.

      As far as I know, this is the default behavior of the site. I’ll try and contact Readability to see if there is a workaround for this.

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