After quietly lurking in the App Store, “read later” services have recently exploded in popularity. Apple even has a horse in the race with Safari’s Reading List, but one of the pioneers of the genre is Pocket (Formerly Read it Later), which recently bulked up its content-saving superpowers alongside the rebranding. Pocket saves web-based content and makes it available for later use from any web browser or via free apps for iOS and Android. No longer just for saving web articles for later reading, Pocket is also savvy enough to grab images or video as well.
Idea Shower's Read it Later first appeared in 2007 as a one-click
Firefox plug-in that automated the process of saving articles for
offline viewing, and has since spread to other browsers and mobile
platforms, including an iPhone app that users have no doubt found useful
in areas where wireless service is scarce. Just weeks after launching
the beta version of Digest, the new premium expansion of the core Read
it Later functionality, Idea Shower founder and developer Nate Weiner
spoke to us over the phone to tell us about his plans for an iPad
version, and how the device has helped shape the future path of Read it
Later on all platforms.