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Why are there sooo many "Save for later" apps and services? How many ways can you slice that Pizza?
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Well there are three major ones: Instapaper, Readability, Pocket. I feel like each one is aimed at a slightly different area of the same market, with Instapaper and Readability being the closest.

Pocket has separated itself by allowing you to "save" any type of content, not just text. The other two are focused on saving web articles. I find that for the most part, developers use Instapaper, and designers use Readability. Readability's interface is much prettier than Instapaper's (I only have experience with the iPhone apps). Readability is also pushing a subscription based model (which doesn't appear to be working out well for them), while Instapaper is a one time purchase with the option of subscribing for API access. I have not yet had a chance to use Read It Later's "Pocket" much yet, but it looks promising.
 
I just heard about Spool - https://getspool.com/

Also, don't forget Pinboard, although it's not a "read later" thing exactly. That's what I use. I never understood Instapaper or Readability. I also recall an article (which I'll have to find now) talking about why Readability was bad. I think it was an answer on Quora ...
 
Yea, Gruber, Marco, Siracusa, Mann, and Benjamin have all touched on Readability in the past weeks.

I think of Pinboard as a bookmarking service, more permanent than a list of things to read. I think people are seeing the success that Instapaper has had in this space, (basically creating a need), and trying to piggy back off of it. Instapaper has been consistently the best for my uses.
 
Kippt has a "read later" option as well.
 
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 +Anthony Garand 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.

+Adam Stacoviak 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.
 
Oh I understand them (never said I didn't). I'm just wondering why there are so many popping up. 
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