5 Chrome Extensions To Enhance Reading Experience

W.K —  August 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

Reading on the internet is fun but undeniably it has its fly in the ointment too. In other words, we tend to lose our attention to the text which carrying weight and unconsciously get diverted by other not relevant elements instead. Our eye is another contributing factor to degrade the quality of reading on the digital medium too. To keep the thrill yet not to compromise the quality of reading on the internet, we have taken out the effort to introduce you the 5 Google Chrome extensions for reading purpose. Believe us, you’ll have a total different reading experience after this. Full  list after the jump:

Readability

Readability

Reading Page of Readability

The official Readability extension for Chrome provides a better way to read online, turning any web page into a comfortable reading view right in your web browser. It couples a great reading experience with an innovative way to support writers and publishers on the web.

Simple enough by hitting the ‘Read Now’ button, it converts the web page into a comfortable reading page that free from noise, clutter and the bombarding advertisement. To even further enhance the reading experience and provide customizability to suit every user, Readability allows user to change the background color, paragraph width, font size, and hide images within a second. If the article is too lengthy and you’re not afforded to miss it, then you can save it for future reading with the excellent feature of Readability. Not forget to mention that this is one of the rare extension that allows you to send the article directly to your Kindle too.

Clearly

Clearly

Reading Page of Clearly

With one click, Clearly makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one, seamless view.

Clearly is the one of the great product developed by the Evernote’s team. Its feature ranges from font type and background color customization to easy synchronization across various iOS and Android based devices. The most awesome feature of Clearly is the ‘Custom Theme’. Unlike other extensions, Clealry provides the real-full customization of reading page; You can virtually change anything you can see in the reading page and save it as your unique theme. If this is still not enough, you can also put in your own CSS code. Another noteworthy feature of the extension would be the ‘Highligher’. You can create a your own note and save it to Evernote easily by merely highlighting the text.

My Klips

My Klips

Reading Page of My Klips

My Klips is a simple tool to remove ads and other junk from the article, letting users view only most relevant material in clean text.

Computer is not the only device we possessed at this modern technological era. We’re constantly hopping between laptop, tablet, and Smartphone everyday. So it’s convenient if we can synchronize all the interesting or ‘Read Later’ article across all the devices. And in addition to the neat reading mode feature, My Klips does this synchronization on the fly!

ChromeVis

ChromeVis

This extension magnifies any selected text on a web page. The magnified text is displayed inside of a separate lens and preserves the original page layout. You can change both the lens text color and the lens background color.

I believe the context of this extension could be originated from where Google had seen an elder reading newspaper with a magnifier. Perhaps not, and perhaps you don’t have the short-sightedness too, but indeed it’s a great product by Uncle Google which serves as a web magnifier for you to concentrate on selected text. It’s a pretty handy extension particularly when it comes to a very tiny text where you need to glue your eye on the screen to see it. As well, you can choose either the magnified text to appear at the top of the screen or just above the selected text. Personally, floating above the selected text is just nice to me.

SpeakIt!

SpeakIt!

Tired of reading? Select text you want to read and listen to it. SpeakIt converts text into speech so you no longer need to read.

Human eyes are the window of soul and a remarkable biological invention. However eyes have limitation and easily get tired especially staring at the computer display for quite some time. SpeakIt might not as refreshing as eye drops but at least you lean back on your chair and close your eye for a second without sacrificing the thrill of reading.

Conclusion:

The internet is rather a new medium of reading that has raised many controversial debates about its effectiveness and some even claim it as scanning instead of reading. No doubt, it has much room for improvement and hopefully the extensions above can fill part of the room. If you have tried a great extension which is not listed here, please feel free to recommend it in the comments below!

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W.K

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Founder and Editor-in-chief of Tezeal | Wei Kai is a technology enthusiast and love to crank his mind for technology knowledge. Experimenting graphic design with Photoshop is one of his favorite thing to do during his spare time.