There Are No Tools For Reading on the Internet

Incredible as it may sound in a medium that remains heavily textual, reading on the internet is still a third-world experience.

Yes, there are tools to save us from eyestrain. Tools like Instapaper or Pocket or Safari’s reading mode help us organize content, remove the (usually terrible) stylistic choices of websites, and present the articles in a way that’s far more readable.

But that’s just a part of reading, it’s most basic form. To read seriously – to read in order to understand, to assimilate, to learn – we must highlight, note, and cross information. The previous tools only do well the first of these three things; those who grant the ability to make notes do so in an impractical and limited way.

When I read an eBook – whether on Kindle or Apple Books – it’s the simplest thing in the world to email myself a collection of my highlights and notes, to easily browse or copy to a notebook.

Why is it so difficult to do the same for articles on the internet?

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