Personally, I have a hard time reading on the web for very long.  Often times when I find an interesting article or blog post, I’ll print it out and stick it in my planner or somewhere on my desk to read later.  It may be a bit archaic, nonetheless that’s my method.  If you’ve ever printed anything from the web, you know it usually looks terrible.  There are typically numerous ads and a lot of “junk” that have nothing to do with the actual content of the webpage.  PrintFriendly makes printing pages from the web a little less painful, and you can feel good about helping the environment in the process.

All you do is enter the URL of the page you want to print:

printfriendly

And voila! You have the option to edit the suggested PrintFriendly preview to include things like relevant charts and graphs if they were removed or delete parts you don’t need.  When you’re satisfied you can print or save the edited page as a .pdf file.

This tool is particularly helpful in the library when you are trying to help your patrons save on printing costs or if you need to enlarge text for the visually impaired.

Bonus: There’s a browser tool you can add, as well as a code builder if you want to add a print friendly button on one of your own website pages.  And it’s all free!

-Dee

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