October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and key Libby app features such as its dyslexic font option help make reading more accessible for all. Dyslexic fonts help alleviate some symptoms of dyslexia, like the turning and swapping of letters. Though not intended as a cure for dyslexia, readers may find that dyslexic fonts improve readability.October is recognized nationally as Dyslexia Awareness Month, a time to educate, raise awareness and share tools to improve literacy. Public libraries empower their communities to address issues like dyslexia with valuable programs and innovative services. One of the increasingly popular ways community members benefit from libraries is through digital reading apps like Libby, which has an OpenDyslexic font to aid dyslexic readers. Libby was created by OverDrive, the leader in digital reading for libraries and schools worldwide.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference and a common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties. It is estimated that over one in 10 people in the United States have dyslexia and 20% of school-aged children in the U.S. are dyslexic. While dyslexia affects language skills that are essential for reading, appropriate teaching methods and tools can help promote successful learning.
Available in over 21,000 public libraries worldwide including approximately 90 percent of libraries in North America, Libby users can borrow and listen to ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, comics and more on any device 24/7. They can also download content for offline listening anywhere or stream content to save storage space.
Designed to inspire all readers to focus on finding and enjoying their next great read, OverDrive’s popular library e-reading app Libby features a dyslexic font option that provides greater contrast in letters, allowing readers to differentiate words and determine letters more easily.
The state-of-the-art reading experience offered through Libby includes additional customizable options that promote ease-of-use for individuals and students of all needs and learning levels. Readers can adjust an ebook’s font size, layout and background lighting, plus add bookmarks, create notes and highlights, and define words for an interactive and educational reading experience.
Balanced with ebooks, Libby’s intuitive audiobook player helps individuals with reading challenges become better readers and learners. Ear reading plays just as critical a role in helping students with dyslexia succeed as exposure to words in context reduces reading barriers, supports comprehension and boosts confidence. Most library collections offered through Libby have both ebook and audiobook versions of titles available to borrow.
Libby integrates with Sonos speakers and audiobooks can be streamed to Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. Libby is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to listen when, where, and how users are most comfortable.
Libby is used by millions of library patrons around the world and makes it quick and easy for readers to borrow and enjoy digital content for free from their local library with a valid library card. Instant Digital Cards are currently available in more than 60 U.S. markets and are valid to borrow digital content.
As many of you know, all of my reading these days is in digital format. As a former public library cataloger, I fully endorse the wonderful digital services my local library has to offer. I have read many books via the Libby app.