As “tech people” committed to data-driven decisions, Readability Matters invites researchers from tech, education, publishing and typography to participate in further study with the goal to improve reading for everyone, everywhere.
Readability Matters calls for further study of Readability Features to support implementation recommendations for personalized reading. Research must support all communities of readers, young and old, proficient and struggling, good and poor vision. Further, the research must be designed to include iOS, Android, and web platforms.
What question do you want to answer? Join the research community that is building better reading for everyone, everywhere.
Advocates like Readability Matters are key in our era of information overload. LabX is excited to be working side by side with them to prove out technologies that enhance reading instantly.
— Dr. Ben D. Sawyer, Professor of Industrial Engineering & Neuroscientist, University of Central Florida
The Readability Matters team has brought invaluable insights to help guide our research directions towards impactful findings on optimal reading formats. We look forward to continuing to learn from each other.
— Dr. Zoya Bylinskii, Research Scientist, Adobe
Readability Matters has served as the catalyst to bring together multiple groups of advocates, researchers, and professionals to help spur new research into the idea that every person, no matter their prior ability, can improve their reading ability with their optimal typeface. As a researcher, I am privileged to be working with such a group.
— Shaun Wallace, Doctoral Candidate, Brown University
As a researcher, I am excited to explore the benefits of personalized reading formats for children. Readability Features may be an important new tool for educators in the area of individualized instruction.
— Carol Connor, PhD, Chancellors Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine
ReadWorks is excited to team with Readability Matters and researchers exploring Readability impacts. We have a collective goal of improving outcomes for all learners.
— Susanne Nobles, PhD, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning, ReadWorks
Research, White Papers and Reports
Readability Matters for College and University Learners
An Instructor Guide Engaging and Motivating College Student Readers through Customizable Reading Text Interface Jenae Cohn, Ph.D., Kathy Crowley, and Marjorie Jordan…
Individual Differences in Font Preference & Effectiveness as Applied to Interlude Reading in the Digital Age
Can we Accelerate Adult Reading? At the June 2020 virtual Vision Science Society conference, Shaun Wallace presented the results of a collaboration…
Building Word Knowledge with WKe-Books
In a 2018 Computers & Education paper, Connor et al. studied the potential impact of technology within learning opportunities provided in the…
Accelerating Adult Readers With Typeface
Published in the proceedings of the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference 2020, was this study of font as a factor in accelerating…
The Great Typography Bake-off
In a paper published in Ergonomics, the International Journal of Research and Practice in Human Factors and Ergonomics, Sawyer, Dobres, Chahine and…
University Student Survey Reveals Unique Preferences for eReading Personalization
Readability Matters invited a professor at a top 75 US National University to conduct a quick survey of reading format preference. Thirty-seven…
Towards Readability Individuation…
In a newly published paper, researchers from Brown University, Adobe Inc., University of Central Florida, and Riverdale Country School studied the impact…
Base Font Effect on Reading Performance
Readability Matters advocates for the provision of a full set of Readability Features (including font choice, size, character spacing, character expansion, and…
Advancing the Reading Ecosystem
Readability Matters White Paper: Advancing the Reading Ecosystem Toward a Future of Personalized Reading: Human Factors Research + IT Systems Promise Value…
Tech Proof of Concept Results White Paper
Readability Matters White Paper: Maximizing Individual Reading Performance with Scalable Tuned Text Kathy Crowley and Marjorie Jordan Many researchers have demonstrated the value…