The 7 Best Read-It-Later Apps
- August 26th, 2022
How’s your information diet looking?
Too many articles to read, and not enough hours in the day to get through them all? You’ve got work to do, and a life to live, after all.
It’s unreasonable for you to schedule your entire life around your reading - so why not do it the other way around? That’s where read-it-later apps come in.
Rather than letting the interesting articles (or podcasts, videos, etc.) that come your way intrude on the time when you should be doing other things, these apps enable you to save them for later so you can choose to consume them whenever suits you.
But which read-it-later app is actually right for me?
If you’re serious about optimising your information diet, then this is the one for you.
A dedicated browser extension, an iOS app, and an Android app so you can save any article, video, PDF, or podcast, no matter the context
Generates automated transcripts alongside all videos, with hyperlinked timestamps, so you can immediately jump to what interests you
Automated summaries for all articles
Full text-to-speech on all articles and webpages
Full note-taking and annotation capabilities
Twitter compatibility, so you can add entire Tweet threads to your information diet.
In-built PDF reader, complete with highlights and comments.
Automatic content sorting and prioritisation, so you can consume your most important content first
Social interactions - not only can you share content you’ve saved to Mindstone with your peers, but you can also collaborate: ask questions, add comments, and take notes together in real-time.
To finish it off, it also provides full Pocket integration, so you can import your entire Pocket library in seconds.
It’s better than a premium product, and yet it’s absolutely free.
If you’re looking to learn faster, get ahead, and stay in front, choose Mindstone.
Pocket is a household name when it comes to read-it-later apps. Tried, true, and tested. It’s popular because it works. Save articles, videos, tweet threads, and webpages, synced across all your devices for you to consume whenever you want. You can organise your content with tags, and even choose to listen to them with text-to-speech.
But as a free user, that’s about it.
To access any of their advanced features, like advanced search, highlighting, or suggesting tagging - you’ll need to purchase their premium service.
If you’re looking for a well-supported, reliable, premium product, then Pocket’s got quite a lot to offer - but as a free experience, some of the other apps in this list might just have them beat.
Instapaper is extremely similar to Pocket, in the sense that its free version offers all the necessary features expected of a read-it-later app (saving articles and organising them into folders), but to truly access the kinds of delight and quality-of-life offered by the likes of Mindstone, you’d need to use their premium service.
One of Instapaper’s biggest pull-factors is its note-taking capability, something Pocket doesn’t offer. As a free user, you can add up to five notes per day on articles that you’ve saved - and if premium, this restriction is lifted entirely to make it completely unlimited.
Like Mindstone and Pocket, your Instapaper account is synced between all of your web, android, and iOS devices - so you can pick up on your reading whenever you want, wherever you want.
“Saved 99 articles but haven’t read one?”
This read-it-later app has Instapaper/Pocket compatibility, auto-archiving, smart-tags, reminders, and a highlights view. The only problem? It’s iOS only. Sorry, Android and web users, but you might have to look elsewhere.
If you’ve tried other read-it-later apps and have felt dissatisfied about their tendency to become a graveyard of articles, then Alfread might just be able to get you that feeling of Inbox-zero you’ve been craving.
A non-intrusive, privacy-first, AI powered, knowledge and content storage platform.
As automatic as it gets. No folders, no manual categories, no manual tags; everything is automatically categorised for you, and made discoverable through associative searching.
Rather than a traditional read-it-later app, if what you’re looking for is a second mind, then mymind is for you.
Like other read-it-later apps, Matter lets you save articles, Twitter threads, and PDFs directly into your queue, ready for you to read. But what makes this app different is its usability features. Matter offers a distraction-free reading mode, offline functionality, text-to-speech, alongside a complete social aspect - so you can share your favourite articles with your friends with ease.
One feature in particular that most similar apps lack is the ability to make audio highlights when listening to text-to-speech, which is done by either triple-tapping your AirPods, or squeezing both volume buttons. It’s that easy.
Matter is available on iOS, and as a browser extension, with an Android app on the way.
A new, classic read-it-later app. It has a highlights view, article sharing, and a PDF viewer - but no prioritisation, no note-taking, and limited additional features. If what you want is something basic, simple, easy-to-understand, and hands-off, Omnivore might be a good place to start.