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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 

Readability Applications: Improving Reading in a World of Information Overload
Ben Richardson and Nathan Lowrance

Monday, 6:30pm


This poster discusses the findings of two focus groups that explored the benefits of an innovative readability application (Safari Reader). This emerging technology allows for the removal of advertising and other peripherals from around the body of the online text, thus presenting online articles in a more readable format. The focus group discussions were centered on core research questions that explored information seeking habits for online news content, online information sharing, reading an online article in its entirety, and the benefits and drawbacks of using a readability application. The poster will show how our questions prompted answers as to how the readability technology affected information seeking behavior, information sharing, human computer interaction, advertising and visualization. We discuss the focus groups findings and possibilities for future research of this type of technology and its effects. Additionally, we are going to utilize and incorporate a tablet (iPad2) into the poster to provide an interactive experience that will showcase the technology in question.