1. Use Google Mobilizer
to let it show you just the text of a web page with or without images. To make it easier to use, you can configure Google Mobilizer to work like a search provider in Chrome
. You can then assign a letter like M to this app, so that you can type M in the Chrome address bar/omnibox & then the type the URL you would like to see via Google Mobilizer.
On Firefox, the simplest way is via the menu command View > Page Style > No Style.
3. Use AdBlock
or Adblock Plus
When you install the AdBlock Chrome Extension there is an alert that it will access your data and browsing activity.
The AdBlock documentation
informs that "the notice you see about having access to your history and website data is automatically generated because AdBlock runs on every tab. Rest assured it doesn't look at your private data!"