ReadKit Review

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ReadKit Review

Instapaper, Delicious, Pocket, Readability, and Pinboard, all in one client.

Your digital reading pile can get as disorganized as that stack of magazines on the nightstand, especially if you use more than one service. ReadKit streamlines your reading with offline support for Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability, plus bookmarks from Pinboard and Delicious. (Pinboard and Instapaper require paid accounts.) ReadKit lists each account in the sidebar, including categories such as Delicious and Pinboard’s private folders, and the way Pocket splits your entries into Articles, Videos, and Images. Mouse over a service’s name and select Hide to collapse the lists.

The toolbar along the bottom has a button to switch the view from folders to tags, and a tag button under the preview pane lets you add new tags to each entry. You can search to filter, hide, or show any of the panels, tweak the article font and interface theme, and display the unread count in the dock. Buttons at the top let you send an article to Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, email, or iMessage, or mark it read or as a favorite. When you switch to Pinboard or Delicious, those buttons change to a browser-like forward/back/refresh scheme. The internal browser renders pages well, including streaming video, but we did hit some hiccups when loading pages with pop-ups. And you can’t manage your folders within ReadKit—you have to use each service’s site or app, and then refresh ReadKit to see the changes.

The bottom line. Saving articles for later reading works best if you actually go back and read them later, and ReadKit makes it easy.


64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later


Simple, effective way to organize tons of offline reading material. Good interface and stable performance.


Only one reading list visible at any given time. No ability to make custom folders to drag in articles from different services.



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