Readability’s latest attempt to stay relevant hits the iPad and iPhone on March 1. That’s when a free Readability iOS app launches. As with its predecessors Instapaper and Read-It-Later, the app promises to allow users to tag articles they would like to reformat in a web browser, then sync them to the iOS app and read them with a nice, simple interface.
There is a one-minute trailer for the app up on Readability’s iOS app page, and it looks reasonably nifty in terms of simplicity of interface, adjustability of font and so on, and I’m sure some people will use it. I can’t see myself using it, though—I hardly even use Instapaper anymore. I just don’t read that way.
Most articles I read, I’ll read on my computer. If I’m reading articles on my iPod Touch or iPad, I’m probably using Reeder, which has a Readability mode of its own for reading the longer articles. I’m not likely to sync an article from my computer to my iPod Touch or iPad. If I want to read it, I’ll read it right then. I just never got in the habit.
Isn’t it crazy that we’ve gotten to be so awful at formatting websites for ease of reading that there’s a whole raft of competing applications and applets springing up to unclutter them?
(Found via Adam Tinworth at One Man & His Blog.)