Text-only websites are quite useful, especially today.
Web pages are increasingly filled with ads, videos, and bandwidth-heavy content.
Here is a list of text-only, clutter-free news sites:
- CNN Text Only — U.S. news from CNN
- 68k News is a text-only version of Google News
- Neuters – a text-only version of the Reuters home page
- NPR News Text Only — news from National Public Radio (US)
- CBC Low Bandwidth — low bandwidth version of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Teddit — a lightweight text-only Reddit
- Christian Science Monitor Text Only — news from Christian Science Monitor
- PBS Lite — U.S. news from the Public Broadcasting Service
- Cyber Report — cyber security news in text format
- Post Online — a text-only Post Online (UK) — focuses on “global events that impact the US and world economies”
- LegibleNews — news from Wikipedia in an easy-to-read format (Global)
- Popurls – another news aggregator
- Wikipedia Current Events — current events from Wikipedia
- Mobile Wikipedia — mobile web version of Wikipedia
- Kidlat — posts the best Creative Commons stories
- News As Facts — concise world news
- Current Events — Wikipedia’s current events, delivered daily
These are stripped-down sites with minimal images:
Text-Only Technology News
Here are some text-only news sites that focus on technology:
- Brutalist Report — technology news sources on one page
- Lobsters — computing topics — centered around link collection and discussion
- Skimfeed — a long list of technology headlines
- Readspike — another long list of technology headlines
- HackerNews — technology news social site
- HackerWeb — a more accessible version of Hacker News
- Alterslash — the unofficial Slashdot digest
Use Browser’s Reader Mode or Textize To Get Text-Only Pages
You can also use “Reader Mode” in many web browsers. This mode strips the page down to text and content-related images. You can read how to enable this mode here.
You can also make use of Textise service which will create a text-only version of the web page.