iOS devices are great for a variety of purposes, and although gaming, quality of apps and general speed and fluidity of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is getting better with every new release, said devices still make pretty solid e-readers. iOS does have its own Reading List feature allowing you to enjoy reading various Web content in a cleaner environment, but if you’re a real bookworm, it’s likely these features don’t stretch far enough. Thankfully, if you do find the native offering a little scant in places, a jailbreak developer by the name of qusic has sought to enhance the experience with his heavily-featured Readr tweak. More details after the break.
There are some tweaks which alter one specific aspect of the iOS experience for the better, and there are others which seek to revamp an entire feature. Readr is certainly a tweak of the latter description, not only offering cross-browser support from the stock Safari to The People’s Favorite in Google Chrome, but also presenting seamless integration with a plethora of popular reading apps like Readability, Pocket, and Instapaper.
The two key features of Readr are ‘Read Now’ and ‘Read Later’. Read Now turns your typically overcrowded Web page into a clean reading environment without all those unwanted links and other stuff that might hinder your reading experience. All you get is the main body, image and headings. Oh, and it’s powered by Readability.
If the iOS Reading List feature doesn’t quite float your boat, you can use Readr to easily add things to your favorite reading app (as listed above) using the Read Later feature. If your reader of choice is not listed, however, the developer is open to suggestion, and seems happy to add further integration with other apps at the request of users.
In order to get started with Readr, you will need a jailbroken iOS device running on the latest iOS 6 firmware. If you’re running an older iteration of iOS, you will not be able to install this tweak, so please ensure you update before heading over to Cydia.
Readr is situated over at the BigBoss repository, and will set you back $1.99. If you’re a serious reader, this is the kind of tweak you’ll want to have on board, and with so many features even at version 1.0, there’s always scope for Readr to go even further in heightening the native reader experience