Imagine this everytime you have your daily fix of TIME, The New Yorker, and Businessweek:
Isn\’t it just annoying? Schemes like this currently employed by a number of online magazines and news websites usually disrupts the flow of the article and at the same time irritates readers. Good for them, because this format clearly increases page traffic and views for the purpose of advertisement. However, these “broken down” articles leave end-users clicking the next button or the specific page number. Although it\’s just a click, sometimes it can really be tedious. This article discusses the working solutions for these types of sites in order to ensure everyone gets a pleasurable reading experience.
Publishers themselves are well aware of how this scheme of theirs bother casual readers. Thus, the Print option or Printer-friendly version is almost always available. You can access these options by click on the printer logo, usually located near the author\’s name, just like in the example below.
Print versions of articles are usually raw and stripped of custom formats and page design. Most of the time, what\’s left are the images (if there are any) and the text of the article itself, which usually appears in black, Times New Roman, 12pt, unless you have configured your browser to follow specific formats. This might look boring, but if it\’s the content you\’re after for, then it definitely suits your purpose.
Find the Print version too plain for your eye\’s sake?
Weep not, because Josh Clark feels you. He even coded a simple add-on for Chrome and Safari to make digital reading much easier. The extension is aptly named PageOne. Upon integration to the browser, it automatically displays a single-page version of multi-page articles with the design retained. Perfect isn\’t it?
However, due to the complexity of some websites, this add-on works on some frequently visited sites which include:
- The New York Times
- The New Yorker
- The Atlantic
- Vanity Fair
- The New York Observer
- Columbia Journalism Review
- Foreign Policy
- Intelligent Life
- Lapham’s Quarterly
- The Nation
- The New Republic
- Outside Online
- Rolling Stone
- Village Voice
- The Washington Post
Your favorite site not on the list? Well, you can always try to drop Mr.Clark, the author of the extension, a message requesting for an addition. On a sad note, the last update was done years ago, last 2011.
For Firefox users, reading multi-page articles can still be fun with the help of Re-Pagination. It enables readers to load pages that can only be fetch upon clicking the “Next” hyperlink or other page numbers.
After installation to Firefox, right click on the Next link or on the page number you desired to be loaded. A context menu with the Re-Pagination option will appear. Hover on it and then choose the best pagination modifications to cater your needs. As for reading purpose, the All configuration is suggested.
And that’s it! Happy reading!