A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Users read literary passages, are exposed to vocabulary words and an opportunity to utilize critical thinking before answering thought-provoking questions in the community.
Ease of Play
Content is organized, easy to navigate and apply features such as changing font size and style.
Violence & Scariness
Some reading passages may contain violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some reading passages may contain sexual themes.
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Some reading passages may contain profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some reading passages may contain drinking, drugs and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This collection of free literary stories and essays from authors all around the world offers some great reading and a bit of discussion, but it's best for teens. Many of the stories include adult-oriented themes, and it's impossible to know what surprises await in the content. Since the app includes opportunities for users to communicate with others and like comments provided as part of the group discussion, the app is primarily for adults and teenagers, not young kids. Reluctant readers might like the simple, one-story-at-a-time approach, but it would be great if stories were organized beyond when they were added. Letting users select particular genres or topics would be a great feature. For a free app, however, fresh.ink could be an opportunity for parents and teens to read selections together and use the questions provided to spark their own conversations and discussions.
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