April 18, 2012

Read It Later Gets a Make-Over & Changes Its Name to Pocket


Read It Later started back in 2007, just a month after the iPhone debuted, but before the arrival of the App Store, and long before the Kindle and the iPad. A handful of users signed up and supported the service, and together we learned what was possible with a “read later” button.

More than 4.5 million users later, it’s clear that people have embraced the idea of saving content for later. But they’re not just saving articles to read later—they’re also using our service to save videos, images, recipes, things to buy and more. We soon realized that Read It Later was outgrowing its own name.

The popular bookmarking service Read It Later gets a big update including a new name, interface, and a price drop. On top of a new look, the service, now called Pocket, makes it easier to view videos and images while retaining the simple reading interface you're familiar with.
The biggest difference comes in the form of an entirely new interface. Where Read it Later's iOS and Android apps had a simple list of articles, Pocket offers stylish and attractive look with a grid-based or list of the articles you've bookmarked. Pocket also introduces a better filtering system to swap between videos and text as well as a tagging system to help you organize all your bookmarked items. Despite the new features, Pocket still retains the simplified reading experience from Read it Later. When you tap on an article you'll be taken to a clean screen to read your bookmarked items without distraction.
Unlike previous versions of Read It Later, Pocket is a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and your browser. All are available from the link below right now.

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