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.

Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards 2021: Finalist

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. 

Democratising digital literacy: Learn more about Adobe’s readability research partnerships

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 

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 partners


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.

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.