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Readability Launches Native iOS App For Clutter-Free Reading On Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch [News]

Yaara Lancet 03-03-2012

Readability Launches Native iOS App For Clutter-Free Reading On Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch [News] readability 300Readability, the well-known article-reading web app, has just launched a beautiful iOS app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The app provides a clean, clutter-free reading environment for the web, along with a reading-list service which allows you to save articles for reading later from multiple devices, sync your reading list across all devices and read from anywhere.


The iOS app includes a built-in web browser from which you can search for any webpage. Once you find an article you wish to read, click the “Read Now” button to enjoy a readable version of the article, devoid of any images and unnecessary clutter. You can then easily control the text size, column width and background color (light or dark). You can also choose “Read Later” to add an item to your reading list.

Readability Launches Native iOS App For Clutter-Free Reading On Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch [News] readability ios

Readability is a popular platform, and is already used by many third-party apps such as Pulse and Tweetbot. Using the native iOS app along with the Readability Chrome add-on [Broken URL Removed], Readability can become a service not unlike Instapaper or Read It Later, which you can use to save articles for later, and then read them on a clean interface from any device you choose. You can also share on Twitter and Facebook from within the app.

There’s no native Android version of the app yet, but Android users can make use of the mobile web version of Readability [Broken URL Removed], which is also quite good.

Let us know what you think of the new app, and how you think it shapes up next to services such as Instapaper and Read It Later.


Source: Readability [Broken URL Removed]

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  1. Bilalbili
    March 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Instapaper has certainly geanchd my reading habits. I don't have an iPad, but I can see how the logistics of carrying it with you and pulling it out could limit its use to special moments like meals and later in the evening. On the other hand, I do grab a quick Instapaper read whenever I have a few minutes free on the go, even when standing. About the only place it doesn't work well is on a bus, which bounces around too much for tiny screens and type. Two asides:1. I got an iPod touch, in part, because I could get away with reading it when I work managing events. Reading on it looks enough like checking text messages, that no one sees it as being contrary to paying attention to your work. But I've also noticed that it has another plus. It doesn't inhibit conversations like a print book or an iPad would. People don't see someone looking at that little screen as doing anything, so they're more likely to come up and talk. Moral: If you want to be left alone while you read, use an iPad or a whopping big laptop.2. The real killer app for Instapaper would be a full-featured version running on a Kindle that updates and synchs what's read through WiFi/cellular. Getting a Kindle shifted almost all of my BOOK reading from that iPod touch to it. The reading experience, even in a dimly lit bed, was that much better. But the document management woes that result from the limited ways that Instapaper DOCUMENTS can be read and synched back on a Kindle has meant that I still read those on an iPhone/touch or my desktop. When I read documents, I want to be able to dispose of then on the spot to a folder or the archive.Moral: For Instapaper, the management troubles of a Kindle trump the greater readability. I suspect Instapaper user data will undergo a major shift when the Kindle gets a full Instapaper app (hopefully soon), perhaps even one that allows note taking and keyword tagging of documents.And that's when I'll upgrade my aging Kindle 1 to a Kindle 3, 4 or whatever. Until then, it's fine for books.

  2. Justin Winokur
    March 4, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I have been using Instapaper for a long time so I was interested to see a competitor's product. I have to say, other than the cost, I think Instapaper is a better product. Most of that is based on the fact that Instapaper uses a bookmarklet. It is not a big deal having to use an extension on the desktop, but if I am browsing on my iPhone, I want to be able to save a site without having to read it first inĀ theirĀ app. Also, as of just a few days ago, Instapaper supports saving multi-page articles.

    Still, I am curious if Instapaper will change its price to compete.

    • Yaara
      March 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

      I agree that it's not very comfortable to have to use their own browser. I do really like the app, and the uncluttered reading experience, but I'm not sure I would use it myself to save articles everywhere. That's actually an interesting comparison to make, at least when it comes to iOS.

  3. PGrobe
    March 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    It's unfortunate that no mention of their cost to subscribe to this service is made in your article.

    • Yaara
      March 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

      I see that the commented below you has also mentioned cost, but the reason I did not mention it is I did not encounter it. I used the service on multiple platform and signed up for an account, and there was still no cost involved. I also scanned their website to find out about paid options, but they might have hidden those very well. Can you point me to where they mention cost? Thank you!