Compatible with iPone, iPod Touch and iPad
iTunes Link: Readability
This post originally appeared on Speechgadget.com
Readability is an add-on for your web browser that allows you to read articles in a "clean view" and to save articles to read later. Readability cleans up the clutter on a web page by removing ads and distracting information so that you are left with the main article content. The Readability app turns any web page into a clean, single column view for reading on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Through the app you can read the web page immediately, or save it to read at a later time. As an added feature, the app syncs with your computer so that you can catch up on reading the articles you've saved with the free Readability add-on for your web browser.
Users can find articles through an in app web search, or through directly typing in a specific URL.
Reading view, including font style, font size, margins and contrast can be adjusted. When you are finished reading an article you can easily delete it, archive it, or share it with others through Facebook, Twitter or email.
One of the biggest pros of Readability is that both the web add on and the app are free. Additionally, I found Readability to be a clean and simple to use app. This app does what it claims to do. It makes an easier and more enjoyable reading experience for the user. Beyond using it for my own reading enjoyment, I can envision using Readability during speech/language therapy sessions and feel it also has applications for occupational therapy. This app can be useful for clients whose reading ability is negatively impacted by visual clutter on the page, including clients with executive dysfunction or ADHD. The ability to make changes to font size and contrast is useful for clients who are far sighted, or those who have other vision or visual-perceptual deficits. SLP's can also utilize this app to clean up extraneous content, such as ads, before sharing articles with clients, students or families. Within an educational setting, the SLP can assist students with finding articles for class projects/papers and the students can email the articles to themselves for later review.
Review by: Deb Tomarakos M.A. CCC/SLP