The Readability iOS app hit the App Store earlier today, and it’s looking very, very good. For those unfamiliar with the service, Readability functions much like Instapaper and Read It Later by parsing text from web articles and re-displaying it in ultra-legible form. The Readability service and web app have been around for a little […]
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Free Readability App Now Available for iPhone and iPad

The Readability iOS app hit the App Store earlier today, and it’s looking very, very good. For those unfamiliar with the service, Readability functions much like Instapaper and Read It Later by parsing text from web articles and re-displaying it in ultra-legible form. The Readability service and web app have been around for a little while now, but today marks the first day of a native app for the iPhone and iPad.

I already use and love Instapaper on all my devices, but Readability has some interesting (and, dare I say it, enticing) differences:

  • multi-page articles are stitched together (Read It Later does this, too; Update: Instapaper’s bookmarklet now does this, too)
  • a more playful, animated UI experience with sliding menus and responsive gestures
  • a roomier, full-screen experience on both the iPhone and iPad (tap once to reveal the menus again)
  • a highly legible and eye-catching site mobilizer (try mobilizing articles from an app like Tweetbot – Readability tends to look much better than Google or Instapaper)

These are all great reasons to give the free Readability app a try, but there’s also one more detail that should be mentioned: the subscriptions. Readability is free to use, but subscribing to the service for $5/month provides the writers that you read with 70% of your subscription ($3.50 max), which provides users with an easy and automatic way of saying thanks to web writers. The only catch is that web writers have to make sure to register with Readability to cash in.

It’s still too early to make a decision to use Readability or Instapaper in the day to day, so I’ll just use them both for now. Readability is looking great, but there are so many fantastic Instapaper features (like the newly added scroll bar and the ancient-but-awesome tilt scrolling) that make it terribly difficult to leave behind.

[via @preshit]

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