Why are there sooo many "Save for later" apps and services? How many ways can you slice that Pizza?
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- Kippt has a "read later" option as well.Apr 18, 2012
- There is also Evernote and Evernote Clearly: http://www.evernote.com/clearly/
I guess all think they can do a better job than the others. I've been a long-time fan of Read It Later, now known as Pocket. What Pocket does really well, apart being able to save a wider variety of content than its competitors as mentioned, is the cross-platform thing. The client on Android is superb, but I also know that if I switched to something else (like an iPhone) I'd get a superb experience there too, thus I don't feel hemmed-in to one platform.
Also I found the parsing and rendering of Pocket to be the best in general use. I used Instafetch Pro for Android for a while, which uses the InstaPaper API and it didn't do the best job. I don't know if official Instapaper fares better. Thing is, the blogosphere raves about Instapaper and Readability so much that I didn't know Read It Later existed for ages. But it turns out its really popular with 4.5 million users (Instapaper has 2 million) and it has a high proportion of Android users who have paid for the full version, debunking the myth that Android users won't pay for apps. See: http://getpocket.com/blog/2012/01/what-devices-did-read-it-later-users-unwrap-over-the-holidays-here%E2%80%99s-what-the-data-shows/. What I find fascinating about this is just how much of a bubble us techy-blogosphere-twitter-webby people get into sometimes if you read/listen to the same old sources all the time. Makes me wonder what else I'm missing.
Genuine question: what's not to understand about Instapaper or Readability? The core principle of creating a cleaned up version of an article seems pretty straightforward to me.
Readability isn't really bad. They got some bad press from the high-profile Apple bloggers (mainly Gruber) which was rather over-the-top in my opinion. I don't believe they're scumbags, as Gruber put it.Apr 18, 2012
- Oh I understand them (never said I didn't). I'm just wondering why there are so many popping up.Apr 18, 2012
- I need a read it already! app...Apr 18, 2012
- I need a "Read it for me" app :)Apr 19, 2012
- I think there's a read it to me app.Apr 19, 2012