Better reading for all.

We’re working with educators, non-profits and technologists to help people of all ages and abilities read better by personalising the reading experience on digital devices.

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Adobe Announces Readability Consortium with Google and University of Central Florida to Improve Reading for All. 


54% of U.S. adults ages 16 to 74 years old (130 million people) lack proficiency in literacy, reading below a sixth-gradient level.  

Source:  U.S. Department of Education

Improving readability through personalisation.


Reading is foundational to acquiring knowledge and sharing ideas, but most children and adults worldwide don’t read at their optimum capacity. Technology can change this. New digital innovations (such as Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile) enable us to personalise reading to each reader and improve literacy for people of all skill levels.

 

Learn about Adobe’s readability initiative

Partnering with experts on research.


Adobe has invested years of research in using technology to improve the experience of reading digital documents. We’re partnering with higher education, reading experts, non-profits, educators and technologists to conduct research, run pilot programmes, and share our learnings. 

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Product innovations for digital reading.


Adobe is using learnings from the Readability Initiative to reinvent how people read and extract information from digital documents. We took our first step with Liquid Mode, a tool in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app that lets you effortlessly read documents on mobile devices. Liquid Mode uses Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning technology to understand the structure of PDFs, enhance readability and unleash on-the-go productivity.
 

Get started with the Acrobat Reader mobile app 

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Adobe Action Teams

Read the latest research

Review the newest findings from Adobe and our partner researchers studying the effects of reading formats and technology on reading outcomes for all learners. 

Board Service programme

Find your best reading style

Take our quiz in the Virtual Readability Lab to discover your fastest font, best spacing and favourite font for reading and participate in more reading studies.

Employee Community Fund (ECF)

Pilot in classrooms

We’re looking for K-12 and higher education institutions, curriculum developers and education companies to pilot readability tools in real-world situations and share their findings. 

Join us in making reading better for everyone.

Watch recent talks on Readability.

“Creating Value with Personalised Readability Formats” session at the Adobe MAX 2021

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“One Font Doesn’t Fit All: Type Design and Comprehension” session at the Adobe MAX 2021

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“Personalising Reading: One Size Doesn’t Fit All” session at the 2021 SXSW EDU

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"This Changes Everything: New Approaches to Reading” session at Adobe MAX 2020 

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Our published research

Towards Individuated Reading Experiences: Different Fonts Increase Reading Speed for Different Individuals (ACM TOCHI, 2022)

Shaun Wallace, Zoya Bylinskii, Jonathan Dobres, Bernard Kerr, Sam Berlow, Rick Treitman, Nirmal Kumawat, Kathleen Arpin, Jeff Huang, Ben Sawyer

This journal paper presents a large-scale crowdsourced reading study that compares the readability of 16 different fonts. Readers were able to read 35% faster in their best fonts compared to their worst fonts and which font was best depended on the individual reader, pointing to the need to customise font choices for different readers.

Accelerating Adult Readers with Typeface: A Study of Individual Preferences and Effectiveness (ACM CHI LBW, 2020)
Shaun Wallace, Ben Sawyer, Rick Treitman, Zoya Bylinskii, Jeff Huang

This short paper presents the design of a reading test for remote, online research studies to investigate the effects of typeface on preference, reading speed and comprehension. The first of our studies, this work presented evidence that one font does not fit all and that fonts people like are different from the ones they are fastest reading in.

Improving Reading Outcomes for Readers with and Without Dyslexia (Journal of Vision V-VSS, 2021)

Aleena Nicklaus, Shaun Wallace

This abstract, presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, demonstrated the reading benefits of using a digital reading ruler, for dyslexic readers and the general population more broadly. Three different digital reading rulers were investigated, showing that different readers benefit from different reading ruler designs.

 

 

Our partners

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The Virtual Readability Lab at University of Central Florida

Dr Ben Sawyer is a leading researcher in computer-machine interaction who’s established a lab at UCF for state-of-the-art research in digital/electronic reading. Adobe is sponsoring the Virtual Readability Lab and collaborating with Dr Sawyer and his team on multiple digital reading research studies.

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Readability Matters

By engaging an ecosystem of partners like Adobe, Readability Matters aims to make individual reading formats ubiquitous across devices and platforms.

World education

World Education

Dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and social and economic development programmes, World Education plans to pilot Adobe tools in adult education settings and share their findings.