Update: Chrome has now enabled Reader Mode complete with an icon on the address bar aka Omnibox. Here is how to use it.
To use Chrome’s Reader Mode, click the Reader Mode icon to open the page in Reader Mode. Click the same icon again to turn it off. This will load the page in the normal mode.
There was a bit of “Déjà vu” when I read this news on 9to5Google. I looked up “Reader Mode” on Chrome Story and found this article from 2014. Google started testing Reader mode in Chrome for Android in 2014.
This is 2019 and Google is getting ready to test Reader mode on the desktop version Chrome.
To test this feature, go to chrome://flags and search for “Enable Reader Mode” or open chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode. Enable the flag and restart Chrome.
Visit an article, and click the three dots settings menu and look for “Distill page“
Here is “distilled” version of Chrome Story an article from Chrome Story:
It looked clean without ads and other elements. However, I am not quite convinced with the fonts and readability of the “distilled” page. This is an early version of the Reader Mode, so we will definitely see some improvement soon.
When this is ready, I hope they replace “Distill” with something else!
If you are someone who currently uses an extension to generate a minimal version of web pages to read, this will be something to look forward to.