Lynx is a text-only browser that runs in a shell (aka terminal).
Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text. See it's man page for details. Or you can use pdf2ps to convert the pdf file to a postscript file and then use ps2ascii to export the text.
Last edited by Tinkster; 10-30-2010 at 04:13 PM.