Advance the Future of Personalized Reading

There is no single best reading format; there is a best format for each individual. And, the reading ecosystem is complex; it does not allow for easy personalization of reading format.

Expanding on existing infrastructure is the most cost-efficient way to deliver higher reading performance because of its complementary relationship to other solutions.

Systems change requires an interdisciplinary approach. The team at Readability Matters convenes tech players, publishers, and researchers (Human Factors and Education) to enable key Readability Features to improve the reader’s experience.

There are many challenges in creating a personalized reading paradigm from digital content to availability of Readability Features and the standards required to support personalized reading.

The challenge is great, but the opportunity is significant. Read the full white paper here.

Moving Toward Solutions, The Path to Personalized Reading

Readability Features required to tune text are a critical offering. However, they are only a piece of a much larger ecosystem required to support individual reading formats. Readability Matters envisions a multi-step path toward enabling personalized reading formats for all readers.

First, Optimize Readability for the Individual

Readability Matters challenges tech and publishing companies to make Readability Features available for all readers. Today, many reading apps offer users the capability to change text size. Some offer the ability to change the base font, line spacing, and background color. Very few offer the broader set of Readability Features.

Additionally, content providers and publishers will need to provide access to flowable tagged text with consideration for Digital Rights Management.


Then, Use Standards to Enable Interoperability

As reading platforms add features and profile capabilities, there will be a need for cross-company standards.

Readability Matters imagines a world where each individual consumes and creates text in their personal best format. As the individual moves from mobile devices to desktop devices, from reading email to lengthy content, and even to content creation, their own best format should be available for their reading and writing via a profile.

Further, once an individual formats content with his own best text settings, and then sends the content, the content should arrive and be presented in the recipient’s best format, or default to a common format.


Tune Your Text
Adjust Readability Features to Improve Readability

  • Base Font
  • Size
  • Character Spacing
  • Character Width
  • Character Weight
  • Line Spacing
  • and more…

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