Reimagining reading.

We’re working with educators, experts, nonprofits, and technologists to personalize the experience of reading on digital devices and help people of all ages and abilities read better.

More than half of U.S. adults ages 16 to 74 years old (54% or 130 million people) lack proficiency in literacy, reading below the equivalent of a sixth grade level.  

Source:  U.S. Department of Education

Why should reading be a one-size-fits-all experience?

Reading is foundational to acquiring knowledge and sharing ideas, but the majority of adults worldwide don’t read at their optimum capacity. Technology can change this. New digital innovations enable us to personalize reading to each reader and improve outcomes for people of all skill levels. We need collaboration across business, academia, government, and more to bring these technologies to life. Discover what Adobe is doing to improve readability for everyone — and see how you can help.

We’re partnering with experts.

Adobe has invested years of research in using technology to improve the experience of reading digital documents, but it’s a complex problem that requires more work. That’s why we’re partnering with researchers in higher education, reading experts, nonprofit organizations, educators, and technologists to conduct research, run pilot programs, gather feedback, and share our learnings.


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.


Readability Matters

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

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World Education

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


We're turning insights into future product innovations.

Adobe is using learnings from this initiative to reinvent the ways that 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 makes it easier to 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.

Join us in making reading better for everyone.

We need educators, researchers, and publishing and technology partners to help advance this
groundbreaking work and create personalized reading formats that can be carried across different
screens, devices, and surfaces.

Participate in studies.

Help move our research forward by taking tests and trying out tools in the Virtual Readability Lab.

Start now

Pilot readability controls in classrooms.

We’re looking for K-12 and higher education institutions, schools of education, curriculum developers, and education companies to pilot readability tools in real-world situations and share their findings. Contact us at to set up a briefing.

Learn more about Adobe’s readability initiative.

World education
World education
World education