Postlight Reader

Postlight Reader

Postlight Reader - Clear away the clutter from all of your articles. Instantly.

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What is Postlight Reader?

Postlight Reader is a very popular Chrome extension by Postlight. This extension has 1,282,821 weekly active users, an average user rating of 3.87, and is most similar to Just Read and Extensity. The latest version, 10, was updated 3 months ago.

Stats date:
Version: 10 (Last updated: 2023-03-02)
Creation date: 2019-12-05
Manifest version: 3
  • contextMenus
  • tabs
  • storage
  • activeTab
Size: 7.36M
Email: Click to see
URLs: Website
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood

Other platforms

Not available on Firefox
Mercury Reader
Mercury Reader (v4.3.11.1)
3 6,758
The Postlight Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.

 - Disable surrounding webpage noise and clutter with one click
 - Send To Kindle functionality
 - Adjust typeface and text size, and toggle between light or dark themes
 - Quick keyboard shortcut (Cmd + Esc for Mac users, Alt + ` for Windows users) to switch to Reader on any article page
 - Printing optimization
 - Sharing through Facebook, Twitter and Email
User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Provides easy-to-read text on a light background with larger and clearer font
  • Includes convenient Kindle and send-to-email features
  • Light/Dark, Font, and Text Size options
  • Good print output for web pages
  • Free and complete
  • Data privacy feels loose, with access granted to all websites and an additional Terms of Service
  • Can cause formatting issues with the original page after closing the extension
  • Some pages may not be fully displayed or translated
Most mentioned
  • Does not work or stopped working
  • Used to love Mercury Reader but had issues or lost functionality
  • Great for reading articles, Kindle, and research
  • Would be better with a highlighter, translator, notes, or more features
  • Would like domain list or option to turn off images
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Risk impact

Postlight Reader requires a number of risky permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Postlight Reader if you trust the publisher.

Risk impact measures the level of extra permissions an extension has access to. A low risk impact extension cannot do much harms, whereas a high risk impact extension can do a lot of damage like stealing your password, bypass your security settings, and access your personal data. High risk impact extensions are not necessarily malicious. However, if they do turn malicious, they can be very harmful.

Risk likelihood

Postlight Reader has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

Risk likelihood measures the probability that a Chrome extension may turn malicious. This is determined by the publisher and the Chrome extension reputation on Chrome Web Store, the amount of time the Chrome extension has been around, and other signals about the Chrome extension. Our algorithms are not perfect, and are subject to change as we discover new ways to detect malicious extensions. We recommend that you always exercise caution when installing a Chrome extension, especially ones with higher risk impact and/or higher risk likelihood.

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Reader View Reader View
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