If you’ve ever been captivated by a best-selling novel only to find yourself distracted by the frequent swear words contained within it, you’re in luck.
A new app called Clean Reader scans books to get rid of any words readers might find “offensive.” Users can pick how much they want their books censored by choosing one of three settings: “clean,” cleaner,” or “squeaky clean.”
Their idea was born when Idaho couple Jared and Kirsten Maughan had trouble finding books on their daughter’s reading level that didn’t contain “pretty significant swear words.”
“In order to challenge her as a reader we had to present her with books that were a little bit older,” Jared told the Washington Post.
The Maughans thought that with all the technology that exists today, there had to be an app for that. But much to their disappointment, there wasn’t. That’s when the couple decided to take the matter into their own hands and create something new – something their own daughter, and potentially millions of others, would use.
The app is currently available for free in both the App Store and Google Play. But to reap any of the benefits of what the app has to offer, you’ll have to purchase any of the books you want “cleaned” inside the app. However, the app has more than 1 million titles available, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding just what you’re looking for.
Already, Clean Reader has attracted users in almost every state and in more than 70 countries. That, Jared said, is a testament to why they created the app in the first place.
“We believe there are lots of people around the world that would rather read books without seeing excessive profanity. These are exactly the people we hope to serve with Clean Reader.”
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