Omoguru

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Customize fonts, spacing, and more to make reading easier.

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Educational Value

Access to 45,000+ classic books in English that can be read, for free, using this app as an e-reader. Includes options to format text with varying fonts and spacing that are helpful for those with dyslexia.

Ease of Play

Download full books within seconds through the app. Easily apply options to text to customize reading experience.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Omoguru is a free app with access to 45,000 classic e-books in English, where users can modify the font, size and spacing of the text according to their reading preferences. Special options are available which may make reading easier for those with dyslexia, a learning disability that impacts reading. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

OMOGURU provides users, primarily teens and adults, with access to a library of over 45,000 e-books in English as part of the Project Gutenberg library, a digital library that offers free access to public domain books. This library includes classic books from authors such as Jane Austen, Voltaire, Dante Alighieri, and William Shakespeare. Books are downloaded to the app, for free, within seconds. There are 200+ books in Croatian as part of the E-Lektire library, as well. You can resize text, realign it, adjust spacing and letter size, or make text bold or italicized. Also, there are 11 different background colors to use. Those who have dyslexia can customize settings to highlight letters such as b/d, p/q, in order to reduce reversals. Depending on your reading style, you can swipe or scroll when changing pages. A reading line is also present, which highlights the text in a left to right fashion to assist with reading speed. And, you can save your preferences. Users will need to upgrade to a paid version in order to access premium features of the app, such as using the camera on their digital device to snap a photo of a book or text, then upload it into the app and customize the font.

Is it any good?

The combination of free books and lots of ways to make reading easier makes this app a great resource. Buying classic books can be expensive, and having access to 45,000 free, digital e-books in itself is a huge bonus for those who want to save a little money by not having to purchase physical books. The paid version of Omoguru can be pricey, but for those needing assistance with modifying text of other books or written documents because of a reading disability, it might be helpful in certain circumstances. Kids with dyslexia and other reading challenges will benefit from access to use of the dyslexic font, a reading line to help their speed, and access to highlighting letters within the text to avoid common letter reversals as they explore classic literature. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Omoguru is an excellent way to access 45,000+ e-books, that feature well known classics, for free, which is an excellent option to save money from purchasing books, or to have access to reading their books, on-the-go, if they forget their physical book.

  • Talk about what might make reading easier. Some kids benefit from the use of different sized fonts and text to assist with their reading, to reduce fatigue, and improve reading speed and fluency. Did you save the fonts and preferences as a custom profile?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension, text analysis, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.49/mo; $42.99/yr)
  • Release date: November 10, 2018
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 89.50 MB
  • Publisher: OmoLab
  • Version: 1.0.32
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 5, 2020

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