Mercury Reader illustration for Chrome gives you a clean, ad-free view of articles on the web
Chrome: Even beyond ads, some websites are so crammed with auto-playing videos, sidebars, and other distractions that they make it hard to stick to the one thing you’ve come to read: posting to yourself. Mercury Reader is a browser extension that cleans up your Chrome reading experience.
Firefox users have a reading option built into the browser. And Safari Reader is a similar option for Safari users. Chrome has a read mode, but it is an experimental feature and is only available on Android devices. Mercury is a solid extension that brings this feature to the desktop. After downloading it, click its icon on the toolbar. Mercury will show you a neat and clean version of the blog post, which almost looks like a print version, including only the title and content of the article. You can also adjust the font and size settings by tapping the wheel icon in the upper right corner of the web page once you are in reading mode. Here are some other features of the Chrome Web Store:
Keyboard shortcut (Cmd + Esc for Mac users, Alt + `for Windows users) to switch to Reader on any page of the article
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Simply touch the icon to switch and exit Mercury reading mode. To see for yourself, go to the link below. Oh, and full disclosure, Mercury Reader was developed at least in part by former Lifehacker editor Adam Pash, who is now at Postlight Labs, the creators of the extension.