Tools that Simplify How You Read the Web

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The web has become so complex that reading simple content on a typical page often feels like an exercise designed to test your powers of concentration.

Between banner ads, pop-ups, sidebars, “Click to continue” links, and similar standard web page features, the important content often gets lost.

Evernote, Instapaper, etc…

A few years ago, Evernote gave us a partial answer in the form of Evernote Clearly. Since then, the tool has been merged into the increasingly useful Evernote Web Clipper.

Other tools have also tried to bridge the gap between what web publishers are serving and what web consumers want to eat – probably most notably Instapaper, which allows you to turn almost any web page into a beautifully formatted, easy-to-read text for offline reading – free of slow load times and intrusive pop-ups.

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Tapped Out?

At this point, the market for offline reading and format-simplication tools for the web is probably about tapped out. Yeah, I’d love to see a merging of the features of Instapaper and Evernote, so that I might have a dedicated sort of hot list of offline reading items that’s easy to use within my vast Evernote account. But altogether I’d say we have some pretty good tools available right now and there’s probably not much new going to happen in this area for a while.

What about you? Got a great feature idea you’d like to see the web tools makers provide right now to help with offline reading?