May 5, 2015 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Wear Reader app by Jacoh enables users to read books on the go right on their Apple Watch without the need for tablets or physical copies of the reading material. Wear Reader rapidly displays text, one word after another, on the surface of the Apple Watch to enable users to read books quickly, yet remember all of the text they have read.
Avid readers often find themselves in situations where they have time to continue reading a book, but the space or circumstances do not allow them that opportunity," said Jason Boggess, CEO of Jacoh. "With Wear Reader, you can now pick up where you left off on the subway on the way home while still being able to hold on to the train with both hands and without worrying about someone knocking your phone or eReader out of your hands."
While phone screens offer a large, handheld, and manual way of reading, Wear Reader delivers text in a unique manner. Words are displayed one at a time automatically, at an adjustable reading speed. Readers can read as slow as 50 Word Per Minute (WPM) or as fast as 1000 and the reading pace is adjustable per book in case users want to take a classic novel slow, but an action-packed thriller fast. Serial presentation of text allows readers to suppress their inner vocalization of the book, enabling them to read faster while still retaining all the information. Readers are less likely to "space out" like some do while scanning long pages of text, as the automatic advancement of words keep wearers engaged.
Users can choose to view longer words for a longer amount of time or treat every word the same. There are also options to pause the flow after every chapter to catch a quick break, or continue reading right on through. The black text on a white background design reduces eyestrain associated with focusing on large blocks of text. The eyes also work less by staying in one place instead of darting around the pages of a book, which permits the reader to stay reading longer. The format lends itself to reading in dark or low-lighted areas, while improving battery life. For those that are curious about knowing how far they are into a book, progress bars appear on top of the reading screen to show how far the read is into the book and current chapter.
The app closely replicates the experience of quickly navigating a book, allowing readers to easily jump around chapters or change books without using their iPhone. Bookmarks automatically record the last position users were in for each book, so it is easy to pick up where you left off. Fast-forward and rewind options make re-read parts a breeze.
* Imports ePub book format, Microsoft(C) Word Docx files, and Text Formats
* Adjustable speed to read at a quick or leisurely pace
* Quickly change books and chapters on both the iPhone and Apple Watch
* White text on a dark background reduces eyestrain and increases battery life
* Fast-forward and rewind buttons for quick navigation
* Have your entire library on the watch - no need to upload or download books
* Cover display for beautiful library browsing
The introduction of tablets and eReaders opened up new possibilities of reading on the go and carrying your entire library with you digitally," said Boggess. "Our app brings that dream to life by automating the reading process and taking books to new, unexpected locations. For the first time on Apple mobile platforms, you can now read and adventure, while having an adventure."
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Compatible with Apple Watch paired with iPhone
* Optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6/6 Plus
* Requires iOS 8.2 or later
* 10.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Wear Reader 1.1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Jacoh LLC is a Boston area startup looking to push the boundaries of technology. In addition to doing consulting and development for iOS, Android, and Web applications, Jacoh is actively pursuing research into the futures of computing and electronic collaboration. Wear Reader-related code, text, and images Copyright(C) 2015, Jacoh LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.