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BeeLine Reader

Because this website uses an older two-step authentication method, when you download the software you might not see the updated version of the two-step authentication screens.

BeeLine Reader’s software suite helps you read more quickly and easily by applying a line-wrapping color gradient to text. This technique improves visual tracking and focus to enable faster and easier reading. To learn more about BeeLine Reader, visit their BeeLine Reader website or see features in The Atlantic and on NPR.

Stanford University has a license agreement that gives all students, faculty, and staff access to the BeeLine Reader Web Browser Plugin (for reading webpages and Kindle ebooks) and the BeeLine Reader PDF Plugin (for text-based PDFs).

If there are other platforms (e-books, databases, archives, etc.) that you wish to use the BeeLine Reader technology with, you can contact BeeLine Reader ( for assistance and beta testing access.

System requirements

Web Browser Plugin

  • Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Edge, or any other Chromium-based browser. Brave is recommended for fastest JS performance.

PDF Plugin

  • Chrome, Brave, Edge, or any other Chromium-based browser.


  • Current faculty, staff, and students


Web Browser Plugin

  1. Install the BeeLine Reader Web Browser Plugin for Firefox or BeeLine Reader Web Browser Plugin for all other browsers.
  2. Visit (authentication required) to register your Browser Plugin to your Stanford account.
  3. Refer to this short screencast to see how to use the plugin to read Kindle books, how to adjust the autorun behavior, and how to block or allow the plugin on certain websites.

PDF Plugin

  1. Visit to access the installation link.
  2. To enable usage with previously-downloaded PDFs, turn on Enable File URL Access in the plugin settings, as shown in this short video.