If you’re someone who loves reading books but hates profanity, or you have a child who requires more challenging books to read but you are worried about the amount of ‘bad words’ they might come across, then it seems that you need not worry anymore.
‘Clean Reader’, an app created by Idaho couple, Jared and Kirsten Maughan, is a free, quite easy to download and use ‘app’ that provides readers with the choice of how clean they want the text to appear in their e-readers.
For those thinking of copyright issues, fret not. According to ‘Clean Reader’ website, the creators have talked to lawyers, and it seems there’s no problem because what this app does is that it merely changes the way the text appears on screen, and not the text content itself.
As one would expect, the question that would automatically crop up is whether we should accept that profanity is part of the author’s art and creation and that to enjoy that art we need to accept the full package. In answer to that, one of the app’s creators wrote on the website’s blog section:
‘I’m not a fan of blue cheese. Some friends of mine love it. I’ve tried to learn to like it, tasted it several times in several different settings and dishes. To me it tastes like furniture lacquer. When I get a salad at a restaurant and the chef thinks the salad is best served with blue cheese on it, I will spend a significant amount of time trying to find and remove every piece of blue cheese. Then I’m able to enjoy the salad. In the restaurant world the chef is the artist. He has spent his entire professional life trying to create masterful pieces of art to be served on a dish or in a bowl. Is the chef offended when I don’t eat the blue cheese? Perhaps. Do I care? Nope. I paid good money for the food and if I want to consume only part of it then I have that right. Everyone else at the table can consume their food however they want. Me removing the blue cheese from my salad doesn’t impact anyone else at the table’.
The App offers several options: from clean to cleaner to squeaky-clean depending on how much profanity you are wanting to put up with. And it’s not just swear words like the F-Word or even the S-word, but it can also filter out words that have different names for deity, racial slurs and “anatomical terms that can be a little racy.” All told, more than 100 different words and phrases with more added each and every day.
For more on Clean Reader, click HERE.
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