The popular reading platform Readability has finally made it's way to the iPhone and iPad and boy is it beautiful. If you're not familiar with "read later" services, they transforms web pages into a clean, simple reading view -- no ads, no crazy stylings, no heavy layouts or navigation. You can even save the cleaned paged to read later on your iPhone, iPad, or computer. Once you've synced over your articles, you don't even need to be online to read them. If you've ever used the Reader button or saved something to Reading List in Safari, then Readability is similar (Apple based Safari Reader on an earlier, open source version of Readability), but it's contained all in one app and does a lot of things Reader and Reading list don't.
Readability is integrated with a lot of different apps, including Reeder, Tweetbot, Early Edition 2, Twitterrific, and Echofon. You can also install a bookmarklet to your web browser on your computer. The idea is that if you come across an article that you know you want to read later, you can do so while using any of these apps and continue on with the task at hand knowing that the article will be waiting for you when you're ready to read it.
The typography in Readability for iPhone and iPad is gorgeous. It comes with 5 different fonts by Hoefler & Frere-Jones, making reading a truly pleasurable experience. In addition to customizing the font type, you can also adjust the size, contrast and margins to your liking.
Readability also has some nice gestures making switching between articles, deleting, and marking as read or favorites a breeze. It's also equipped with it's own browser so that you can search for and add articles directly within the app. And of course, you can share your favorite articles with Facebook and Twitter.
Readability is a free service that is free to download, but if you want to give back to the websites that you frequent, you can sign up for a $5/month subscription. 70% of your contributions will go back to the writers or publishers you read with Readability. It's a great way to support your favorite sites.
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