August 12, 2010 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Portland, Oregon - Inkstone Software today announces the release and immediate availability of QuickReader Young Readers' Edition 2.1. Parents and teachers preparing for the upcoming school year now have access to over 130 children's classics in the popular iPhone and iPod touch eBook reader and speed reading app that is proven to increase the reading ability of children.
To celebrate the relaunch, QuickReader maker Inkstone Software is giving away 50 promotional codes of the new version of the application to teachers and schools. Inkstone founder Patrick Thompson says "as parents ourselves, we want to support innovative teachers and reading programs around the country so we are making our entire allotment of promo codes available to schools for free."
The Young Readers' edition is designed to help boys and girls aged 8 to 13 develop their reading skills by teaching them speed reading techniques - helping them to focus, finish their homework faster, increase comprehension and stop back-tracking.
The app appears simple, but in reality utilizes the latest in speed reading technology. The user selects the preferred font size, color, and margins to optimize their reading experience. Young Reader then uses an eye-tracking guide to highlight word groups as the child reads them. The width of the guide and its speed can be set to suit the ability of the reader - with speeds anywhere from 100 to 4000 words per minute (WPM). As the user improves, the width of the guide and WPM can be increased - effectively increasing the reading ability of the child.
Young Reader user Adrianna Zambrano, aged 11, increased her reading speed from 300 to 470 words per minute using QuickReader. "I like QuickReader because it has lots of great books and with regular practice I increased my reading speed from 300 to 470 wpm. This has helped me get through my schoolwork much faster and improve my scores on reading tests. My last state test had me at a 9th grade reading level - not bad for an eleven year old! ", she said. "Since I get through my schoolwork faster it gives me more time to play with other apps on my Dad's iPad."
The app includes age appropriate classics such as Black Beauty, Little Women, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and Treasure Island. Unlike many other eBook readers, the books in the Young Readers' edition are pre-loaded so there's no need for an internet connection to use the app - making it suitable for school, home or the Sunday drive. As children get older, more books can be imported over WiFi and from the variety of catalogs available on the internet including Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, and Baen Free Books.
Teachers have been using the app in the classroom on the iPod touch and iPad as an important learning tool to help both advanced readers and remedial students improve their reading skills. Mrs. James, who uses Young Reader in the classroom, says the app is suitable for all students from the 4th grade and beyond. "As a teacher I find this app is a great tool to help my students improve their oral reading fluency. There is a wide variety of books, something for everyone."
Parents can also use Young Reader at home to fine tune their child's reading abilities to help them accelerate their learning. Combining proven speed reading technology with the books and content that readers enjoy, QuickReader is the top-selling speed reading app on the iTunes app store, recognized by Apple on the "What's Hot" and "New and Noteworthy" lists and described by ReadWriteWeb as a "much-needed breath of fresh air to the world of speed reading apps".
* US English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German and Spanish
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 58.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
The Young Readers' edition of QuickReader (v.2.1) is $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. QuickReader is also available in a free Lite edition. Teachers can request a special US promo code to obtain a free copy of the app by email.
Inkstone Software Inc. is a mobile software development firm based in Portland, Oregon. QuickReader is the top-selling speed reading app on the iTunes app store. Copyright (C) 2010 Inkstone Software Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.