Tools for Reading Online Content

Why do I care about reading?

Reading content on the web has never been a good experience. It's pretty shitty, really. I would say it has, in fact, gotten worse over time. For a narrow variety of reasons:

  • poor understanding of typography on the part of creators
  • misaligned priorities that result in constant interruption

Even when typography is well designed and executed on a content-driven website, interruption of the reading process is a function of most digital media strategies.

Examples.

Can you imagine trying to read a book laid out like this? Just as you get into the flow of the narrative you jump from the end of an intriguing paragraph to the opening of the next a subtly embedded advertisement trying to predict that you might also be interested in reading this other book, article, or magazine.

What the fuck?

I'm trying to read what you wrote here. Leave me alone!

In brief, if you have any experience trying to read content online you have experienced the frustration of absurdity. That's why I want to share some of the tools I use to re-sanify the world of digital content.

Here they are.

My Favorite: Instapaper

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A Classic: Reeder

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Put it in your: Pocket

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In the Browser

Most browsers have built in tools and/or extensions available to make reading online content less unbearable. If you don't need to archive or otherwise save reading material, here are a few on-the-fly options.

Safari Reader

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Chrome Extension: Mercury Reader

Mercury Reader is just one of several extensions for Chrome that will add to your browser a feature similar to Safari Reader.

28.05.20192 Min Read — In reading