Parents' Guide to

Go Read

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Customizable, Bookshare-friendly reader for Android.

App Android Free Education
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Though there's nothing flashy about this reader, its features go a long way to providing easier access to print materials. The Go Read interface is simple enough to keep the focus on the reading but has settings that can manage a variety of needs. It's easy enough to search Bookshare for a book, although it lacks the option to browse by subject matter. The main screen is clutter-free, with options accessible via drop-down menus, so kids can stick to worrying about reading while parents adjust for the optimal experience. Having to leave the app to change the voice and speed of text (via Google TalkBack) is the biggest drawback to the experience, especially for those who are new to, or unfamiliar with, an Android device. While kids of all abilities can benefit, it's especially helpful for kids who need an adaptive reading source while they're on the go. 

App Details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, Communication: listening
  • Pricing structure: Free (must have Bookshare account)
  • Release date: October 6, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Bookshare
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: January 31, 2017

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