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Read It Later

Free Multi-Device Bookmarking Tool

Published 03/16/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
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What can you use the app for?

Read It Later is a simple way to save items the user wants to read or watch another time. Users can create a list of video clips, articles and any other content they find. This is added to a queue. Content can be saved from the user’s browser or taken from more than 300 third party applications, including Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. The user can access their queue from anywhere with internet access. To access content, the user needs a computer or mobile device Read It Later supports all tablet computers, smartphones and browsers as well as the Kindle Fire. The Read It Later website also provides users with a list of popular user-created applications to further enhance their viewing experience.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Read It Later was founded by Nate Weiner in August of 2007. The application was created to provide users with a place to store and retrieve the items that they do not have time to read right away. The user can save items they like to reference or pack away anything that catches their eye while on the go. When the user has a few minutes, they can return and retrieve the content. Read It Later was mentioned on KillerStartups and has received a positive response for its simple yet versatile service.

Read It Later was renamed to Pocket in April 2012.

What are the differences to other apps?

Read It Later provides users with a basic service that works rather well. The main reason the application is appealing is because of its flexibility. Users can access all manner of content on a wide range of devices. Rather than restrict the user to ereaders, mobile devices or a browser, Read It Later has included them all. The application has something for everyone, making it more likely that the user will own at least one or more of the supported formats.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Read It Later welcomes users with an elegantly personable design. Contrasting dark and bright colors give the site a nearly trendy appeal without over doing it. Subtle visual elements are changed with the season, providing users with a dynamic experience. The application interface is well-organized and lets the user easily browse for specific items. The interface makes saving and accessing content completely hassle-free for the user, regardless of which device they are on.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can get started by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the Read It Later homepage. The form on the next page asks for a username, password and email address. As soon as the user has successfully completed and submitted the form, they are logged in. The user can access their reading list or begin installing apps to customize functionality.

What does it cost to use the application?

Read It Later is available to all internet users at no cost. Creating an account is free and all users receive the same level of access to all current features. This is right where the price should be because the application doesn’t offer a service that most users would be willing to pay out for. The user can access their reading queue on their favorite mobile devices, tablets or computer browser any time they want for free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Read It Later is handy tool for users who frequently find content they want to read, but never have the time to. The user can save items to a queue and access them whenever they have a few free minutes. The application is easy to use and doesn’t restrict itself to one mobile device or browser, so anyone can enjoy the luxury of reading or watching content whenever they want.

  • Registration is free for all internet users
  • Items can be easily added to the user's reading queue
  • Video can be added as well as text content
  • Queue items can be retrieved on many different devices
  • List and tile views are available on the user dashboard

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Read It Later pricing

FREE - Permanently free version

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