Reading online is very unlike reading a real book or even a magazine, with readers barraged with graphics, menus, and advertisements at every turn. But there are numerous browser plug-ins to strip websites of extraneous elements and even push these filtered easy-to-read editions to mobile devices for reading later. Here are a few ways to make reading on the Kindle, Android tablet, or iPad a less distracting experience...
Those familiar with the ins and outs of Apple's Safari browser may already love and use the Reader option. One of the built-in features strips web pages down, removing ads, banners, graphics, and other superfluous content for a smoother and simpler reading experience. But what to do if Safari isn't your browser of choice? Have no fear, there are plenty of alternative options:
Firefox users can find tons of plug-ins designed for improving reading on a tablet or smartphone, including the aptly named Reader, which accomplishes the same results as Safari's feature noted above.
Android users with Firefox 16 or higher can take advantage of the new built-in Reader mode.
Readability is a browser add-on available for most major browsers that installs a buttons allowing you to read now, later, or even sends website conent to the Kindle. Sign up is free, and it works across a variety of other apps, including Reeder, LongForm, Flipboard, and Pulse. Users can log into their account on any mobile device, accessing their "read later" library.
Blackberry gets in on the read-later game with BlackBerry 10 Reader, as well as Playbook 2.0 Reader.
Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) allows users to easily save something for later in a stripped down easy to read format. The Pocket platform works with 15,570 user created applications, 352 of which are viewable at their app directory, making it a flexible solution across browsers and apps.
Similarly, Instapaper utilizes an easy to use "Read Later" bookmarklet to push across devices, compatible with iOS, Android, and Kindle devices with a free account.
(Images: Mozilla, Pocket, Readability, as linked above)