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It’s Here: Readability for iPhone & iPad

After a few twists and a few turns, Readability for iOS — a free app for both your iPhone and iPad — is now available. We know a lot of you have been waiting for this. We couldn’t be more excited to deliver it. Readability for iOS is the product of a collaboration between the Readability team and the talented designers and builders at Teehan+Lax. It also sports beautiful typography from none other than Hoefler & Frere-Jones.

We wanted to create something that makes it as easy as possible to queue up and take web articles anywhere you go on your iPhone or iPad. Our guiding principle was simple: get out of the reader’s way. We hope you like it.

Readability is a free, universal app available on the iTunes App Store. What are you waiting for? Go get it!

Rich Ziade is a founding partner and CEO of Readability. You can reach Rich at or follow him on Twitter.

16 Responses »

  1. Congratulations for the app!
    However, I’ve a question: How can I customize the text margins?


  2. It was worth the wait. Well done guys. You’ve successfully taken Instapapers spot on my home screen.

  3. Same question like inkoherence: How can I customize the text margins?

  4. Love it. nice simple interface. Dumped my old application for Readability on my iPhone and iPad.

  5. It looks great! I was using Reeder before, but this is a much better reading experience for long articles. One thing I noticed, however, was that it only downloaded 1 of my Favorite Articles, but none of the others.

  6. is it possible that i install that on my iphone 3g?

  7. I have some issues with the app on my iPhone 4:

    • The first time I try to log in the app just hangs. I have to force quit it and start it for a second time.

    • After I log in the app tries to fetch articles, but it stays there indefinitely. I removed the app several times, the behavior is reproducible. It doesn’t matter if I enable the setting for fetching the archive or leave it disabled. I just can’t get any articles on my device.

    • I can’t add articles inside the app, because it tells me that it couldn’t find an article in the in-app-webview. The same pages work in the mobile website and the Safari plugin. If I tap on the Read Now button the article gets parsed correctly.

    • When the app asks me to add an article from the clipboard after I activated it, the clipboard contents get removed. I can’t use paste in any text fields on my phone anymore. This is a bug, definitely not a “smart” feature.

    I would really love to use the app, but in its current state it’s unusable for me. I don’t know if this has something to do with my account (I initially registered as a publisher), or with the app itself. I like the font choices and would like to read inside the app to see if I can switch completely.

  8. Having similar issues as Rafael. My reading queue in the app is currently empty. When I attempt to “re-download articles” I get a “Checking for updates” screen which never actually updates.

  9. @Rafael and @Carlos, I’m having the exact same issue. I’ve killed the app, re-installed the app, and last ditch effort, rebooted my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 after doing the first two. Interestingly the GUI is responsive and I can move around the menu items. “Checking for updates…” is all I get.

  10. As a free user, is there a limit to the # of articles that I can download for offline reading with my iPod? One or two of the reviews I’ve read have mentioned that it saves “the most recent” articles from my reading list, but I grabbed 31 without missing any, so….

  11. After a few days of using it (iPhone4, iPad Gen 1, both on ios5.0.1), I love this app. Worth the wait.

    I did not face any issue as reported by others
    I still have 28 unread articles downloaded on my device.

    One suggestion (I am sure the team has alot of enhancements on their list) is to build in sync of status between different devices (eg iPhone and iPad ). This is similar to what Kindle did to sync the reading status across different devices.

    Thanks for such a great product.

  12. I do not understand how to get articles INTO readability please enlighten me!!!!!!!

  13. Fantastic app. The typography alone is enough to make it my new “Read Later” app of choice.

    Block quotes seem to render badly though; they’re the same width as the rest of the text, with only an italic typeface to distinguish them. I’d much rather have them indented slightly as is common on web pages.

    Other than that, the only thing I’d like is nothing to do with the iOS app; namely folders or tags. I typically “Read Later” two types of things: long-reads and shorter pieces that come up in my rss feeds that I don’t have time for now but will do by the end of the day. Distinguishing between the two somehow would be really handy.

    Neither of these are deal breakers by any means, but they would make a great app even better.

  14. I would be nice to have website-based version, so you could add articles you would like to read after work. Or for example plugin for Chrome with “Read later”-button.

  15. Will only be truly useful if you can use to read websites on the fly. Instead of downloading