Chrome: Amazon has released an official Send to Kindle extension for Google Chrome that allows you to send any web articles directly to your Kindle device in one click. More »
If you aren't a fan of Google Reader's new interface, this add-on will take out all the clutter, giving you a pretty, readable version of the current article and nothing else. More »
Chrome: The New York Times is lowering its free article allowance from 20 articles per month to 10. Make those 10 page views more pleasant with Ochs, a Chrome extension that slims down the toolbars, brings high-res art out front, and puts the focus on the reading.More »
If you're doing a lot of research but don't want to overload your bookmarks bar, ZipTabs is a Chrome extension that will download and archive all your open tabs for later viewing. More »
Articles on the web can get a little long sometimes, and it can be difficult to skim them and find the parts that are most relevant to you. That's where Scrollbar of Contents comes in. It's a free add-on for Chrome that adds clickable buttons next to your scrollbar so you can jump right to different sections of the article you're reading. More »
Chrome: Albeit a little late, Evernote has jumped on the improved web site readability bandwagon and introduced a new feature called Clearly. Much like most browser extensions and bookmarklets, it takes a given web site and converts the layout into a more readable format. This makes clipping web content to Evernote a lot nicer as you won't have to deal with improper formatting as the page transitions to your notebook. More »
Chrome: The web provides tons of great written content, but that can get a little overwhelming when you're not in the mood to read all day long. Announcify is a browser extension for those times when you'd rather just listen. All you have to do is browse to any article and click the Announcify button. More »
Chrome: Sometimes, when you're reading Wikipedia, you need to open up another article to better understand the one you're reading. Wikipreview saves you from opening them in tabs by showing you a preview of that article when you mouse over it. More »
Chrome: This free dictionary extension from Google lets you view definitions from within web pages you visit. Just double-click a word to see its meaning in a pop-up bubble or get in-age translation of a foreign word.More »
Most Desktop and Mobile Platforms: There's no shortage of digital comic book readers out there, but new service Graphic.ly stands apart: instead of downloading CBR files, you build up a library from their web store and sync it across all your devices. More »
Chrome: If you're the type to open up a million tabs when you browse, extension "Close Other Tabs From the Same Site" will help you end those tabbed browsing benders with a single click in the context menu. More »
There are a ton of add-ons that dim the screen while you're watching a video or playing a Flash game. Heck, some Web sites even have this functionality built right in, no add-on required.
Reading Glasses for Chrome does the same, but for text. As you can see in the screenshot, with Reading Glasses, only the post text is dark, while all other page elements are grayed out. This is accomplished by highlighting some of the text of the post, and clicking the "glasses" icon which appears next to the address bar once the add-on is installed.
I wish the add-on could make the page background dark and the text light. Also, it would be nice if it could make the text a tad larger. Then again - this is what Readability is for. Then again, Reading Glasses is a bit more lightweight and it doesn't impact the site's look-and-feel at all, except for fading it out a bit.
Chrome: Zoomy is a small Chrome extension that automatically enlarges websites to fill the available screen space. Whether you're trying to read small text more comfortably or you're tired of the massive page gutters on your widescreen monitor, Zoomy can help. More »
Chrome: If you're looking to magnify web text while preserving the layout, ChromeVis enlarges the text for easy reading without blowing up the whole page and distorting the layout like traditional magnifying tools. More »
Since this is an official Google extension, it's no surprise that ChromeVis supports several keyboard shortcuts. The lens area can be toggled on an off by pressing 0 (or by clicking the icon in your browser actions area), move ahead to the next sentence by pressing shift + s or back with shift +a (moving by words and paragraphs is also supported), and increase/decrease the lens text size with = and - .
Color settings are customizable, and you can also allow the lens to either float or lock it in place above the currently highlighted text.
ChromeVis is actually a nice speed reading-type extension for Chrome, especially if you're OK with keyboard controls.
The Safari 5 feature that's caught the web's attention is the Reader button, which strips down articles and blog posts into an ad-free, highly readable format.
Chrome: If you're a big fan of the bookmarking/web clipping service Instapaper for your read-it-later needs, you'll be excited to try out Instachrome. It brings simple navigation bar integration of Instapaper to Google Chrome. More »
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Postponer integrates the popular ReadItLater service directly into Google Chrome, so you can save interesting articles for later reading, and easily retrieve them with a toolbar button.
We've previously shown you how ReadItLater saves interesting web pages for later reading in Firefox, but there's been no great solution for Google Chrome users until now—the user-created Postponer extension makes it easy to add items to your list, and retrieve them through a toolbar button.
The extension is actually separated into two parts, the Postponer Manager that adds the toolbar button, and the Postponer Adder that puts an icon into the location bar for quickly adding to the list. Postponer is a free download for Google Chrome users only.