The National Library of Medicine recently announced the development of PubReader, an easier way to use your Web browser to read articles in PubMed Central (PMC) on your desktop, laptop, or tablet computer.
Scientific papers most often appear on the Web as a single long page that you read by scrolling through vertically. Without multiple columns and separate pages, however, it can be difficult to navigate inside a document. If you scroll back to look at an image or a figure, you may easily lose your place and have to hunt around for the spot where you stopped reading.
PubReader breaks an article into multiple columns and pages, similar to a printed paper, to improve readability and navigation. It allows you to adapt a page to whatever fits on your screen — with multiple columns on a desktop monitor or a single column page on a small tablet. When you adjust the font size or change the size of the browser window, page boundaries and columns are adjusted automatically.
The new view is available for any article that is available in full-text HTML form in PMC. It is not available for older content that is available only in PDF form or as scanned images of the original print pages.
PubReader View can also be accessed from the Formats links in the top right corner of an article page in PMC:
More information about PubReader can be found on the PMC website: