This post marks part of our series on "Make Web Reading Fun".
With that in mind, here's a few tools and useful tips that you can take to make you reading experience less terrible.
One of the reasons reading on a computer is a pain is the amount of distractions on a single page. Trying to read a long article with a bunch of ads and weird layout makes it hard to keep your attention on the article at hand. Here's a few ways to get rid of the clutter and enjoy a clean reading experience.
- iReader browser extension: The iReader extension for Chrome and Firefoxdrops all the clutter from a page and allows you to concentrate on what matters: reading. Click the iReader button and the extension pulls the text out of the page and gets rid of the ads and images.
- Bookmark services: Instapaper and Read it Later are great bookmarking services, but they also make the experience of reading long articles a lot easier. If you want a service that customizes the look of the text and backgrounds,
- Evernote Clearly for Chrome and Firefoxadds background and text color options to make reading a better. You can change the text and background color to fit whatever mood you prefer. Being a blogger i use I use Evernote a lot, whether it’s on my phone or on my pc, It helps me to write some ideas down, or a quote or whatever, and a lot of that turns into articles later.
- Use NewsSquares, It is a Google Chrome web app that allows you to read blogs and news subscriptions in a stylish interface. You can view updates for all your subscribed blogs/news articles, scroll them around, add new subscriptions and enlarge any content that you wish to read within a single window from all your subscribed sources in Google Reader.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Lighting plays a big factor in your reading enjoyment whether you're reading a book or a computer monitor. While we typically can move around to seek out a good lamp when huddled up with a good book, the same can't be said about our monitors. Thankfully, there's a few things you can do to make the lighting work to your advantage.
Use a small table lamp instead of an overhead lamp while reading: Think about reading long articles or books on your computer the same way you do reading a book. Use smaller room lamps instead of overhead lights when you reading. Overhead lights are tough on your eyes and can make it difficult to focus on the screen. With a small lamp, it's often more comfortable to look at the screen.
If you can't get comfortable you can always print pages out, or send your text over to an E-reader or tablet with the bookmarking services mentioned above or at lest a Mobile phone with internet connection . But if you're stuck in front of the screen without other options, the above tricks can make the experience of reading on a computer monitor better.
Do you have any tricks for reading long articles or books on a monitor? Share them in the comments below.