Like most of you, I am someone who increasingly reads content online. But the experience can be quite painful because of the visual distractions of flashing ads, videos that start to play on their own and disjointed line lengths of the text. There’s nothing more common, yet frustrating, than to land on a website you want to read, then get side-tracked by an interesting link, and then another, then another – all but forgetting what we came to the original website for!
Enter my two favorite online reading apps – Beeline Reader and Bionic Reading.
Beeline Reader is a software system which adds color gradients to digital text to improve reading ability and focus. The text at the end of each line is colored the same as the beginning of the next, so the color of the text acts as a flag post that directs the reader’s eyes through the text more easily.
Bionic Reading revises texts so that the most concise parts of words are highlighted which supports the reading flow. The eye is guided through the text by means of typographic highlights. It definitely plays a supporting role in the absorption of volume text.
Both programs are customizable and available to add to your computer’s browser. Mostly, they both provide you with an opportunity to increase the pleasure of reading by finding a safe escape from the noisy and hectic visual world in a more focused way and without distraction. Below, you’ll see a sampling of both reading tools side by side:
If you’re an avid online reader, I strongly recommend you check these out! And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to take a look at my online reading course to become an even stronger reader. You can get a free sneak peek right here.