I find this approach overly simplistic. You can't just boil everything down to readability. We need personality. There's no excuse for an ugly layout but cutting out pretty much everything visual for the sake of laying out text is fairly ignorant. There are so many more constructive (and interesting!) ways of addressing readability that respect the need for advertising, linking to other articles and maintaining a visual brand.
Of course, I understand that. Just wanted to show what user gets as a result. — it's some kind of reminder about the fact that articles are made to be read, not filled with shiny share buttons and giant advertising blocks. I just press one button to strip it all away, so in my case all that design done seems to be just wasted time and money.