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The Web's best reading platform.
Readability turns any Web page into a clean, customizable view for reading now or later. You can catch up on articles you've saved or discover new content by following other readers.
Your entire library of saved, favorited, and archived articles – available on or offline.
Follow other folks on Readability and explore a list of their recommended articles. Recommendations are an easy way to uncover great new writing.
Readability is fast and reliable so you always have a comfortable reading experience.
Recommend articles on Readability, share your favorites to Twitter or Facebook, or send links to friends via email.
Save articles with our iOS 8 extension. Add to your reading list from any app that uses the iOS share sheet.
What's New in Version 2.1.2
New for 2.1.2
- Expands support for our extension
- Bug fixes and enhancements
New for 2.1.1
- Full support for iOS 8, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
- Our new share extension! You can now add articles to your reading list from any app that supports the iOS share sheet
- Pixel perfect typography adjustments exclusively for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
- The app will now start on your Reading List by default
- Various bug fixes and enhancements
Note: To activate the extension, the app will ask you to log in again.
Mostly great, but NEEDS tag support
I'm mostly a big fan of this app; it's fast, it gets out of your way, and (contrary to others) I like the typography.
It gets a small ding from me because the UI isn't very learnable. This is an inevitable trade off, inasmuch as the app tries to stay out of the way as much as possible. Once you learn the gestures involved in moving through your queue of saved articles, I appreciate most of the effort. Sometimes, however, it causes frustration. (Prime example: To copy a link to Readability from Safari on iOS, you copy the link and open Readability; it will magically notice that you have copied a link and ask you to save it. All well and good, but I never would have figured this out without an internet search. Having a button to save to Readability on a browser's share sheet makes a lot more sense.)
The main frustration I have with the app is tags. The tagging feature is fully-formed on the browser version of Readability, but it is difficult for me to commit to it when I can't also add or edit rags on the phone.
In general, this app would get five stars from me if the adding and editing features were on par (including UX) with its article viewing features, and with the browser-based versions of the app. If you never want to add or organize articles on your phone, it's superb. If you do, it's a bit frustrating. Hopefully they will address this gap in future versions.
I had to quit using this app and reluctantly switch to Pocket after this last change. 100% because of the fonts and typography. If I'm gonna spend a large amount of time starring at words, I want to at least be able to tolerate the look of them.
I never did like Readability's fonts, but at least when I had an internet connection I could read online instead of through the app and could select a pleasant font to read. You guys use to not have the bloated margins that Pocket use to have, but now you guys have that problem and they don't. You use to be able to adjust the size of fonts in Readability, but now it just jumps from tiny to suddenly enormous.
After all the requests for tags you finally added them, but then took them out for some reason. That was the best thing you had going for you.
Good ... but could be better
I do like that this allows me to save an article to read later and that I can access that article on any of my devices or my computer. Online I am able to tag articles with my own custom tags, but heck if I can figure out how (or if) those tags are accessible through the app. Next on my wish list is the ability to highlight passages. If I read an article and find a part of it important enough that I might want to go back and reference it I should be able to highlight that. Because we all know we don't have time to go back and read the whole article looking for that one thing we know we read in that article.