Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Read It Later Pro.
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Read It Later Pro is priced at $2.99 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Read It Later Pro is described as follows:
“A DVR for the Web”
Browsing through your Twitter feed in the morning, you come across a link to an article about up-and-coming bands in the New Orleans music scene. A major fan, you’ve got the Revivalists on your iPod and you think they must play this stuff in heaven. You’d love to stop and read more, but it’s 7:30 and you have to be on the road. Sadly, you’ll be busy and offline for most of the day, and may forget where you saw the article before you have another moment to yourself online. As you put your mobile in your pocket, you wish there were a way to save that page to read offline, in case you happen to catch some down time on the road.
Read Articles and Web Pages Offline
Meet Read It Later. Praised by The New York Times, Business Week, Time, TechCrunch, and others as “a DVR for the Web,” Read It Later enables you to save online materials for later offline reading. Can’t spare the time to finish that article, right now? Save the Web page to your Read It Later list and get your saved articles downloaded to your device. Then come back to the page when things calm down–even after you’ve left your Internet signal behind. Catch up on all of your “online” reading, even if you’re on a cross-town subway or 10,000 feet in the air.
Your Reading List, Wherever You Are
Read It Later works on multiple device platforms through a single account. Save articles from work or home, using your computer browser, mobile device, or more than 130 applications that support Read It Later. View or add pages to your Read It Later reading list on any computer or mobile device. Read It Later even bookmarks your scroll position in each article so you can start reading on your computer, switch to your phone, and pick up exactly where you left off.
Elegant, Customizable, Attractive
Enjoy your saved articles in Read It Later’s elegant and customizable Article Viewer. The Viewer distills page content to display only the text, images, captions, and videos from an article. Remember that article you ran across on your Twitter feed, this morning? Say that you saved that tweet to Read It Later. When you did that, Read It Later grabbed ahold of the tweeted article’s content–the text, audio samples, and photos–while leaving behind the tweet shell. As a result, what’s saved is the whole article and nothing but the article. The idea is to provide a reading experience that’s clean, consistent, and content-rich, no matter the media source.
You can further refine the article’s look using the Viewer’s custom text size, font, and alignment settings.
Read It Later sorts your saved articles into three lists: Reading List, Current Reading, and Read Archive. Newly bookmarked materials go to your main Reading List, articles that you’re partway through to Current Reading, and any articles you’ve marked “read” to the Read Archive, from which you can quickly recover anything that you want to go back to.
The app helps you keep your reading lists organized with tagging, sorting, and search features. Tag saved articles and pages to make them easier to review and sort. Sort your reading list by URL, title, tag, site, and newest or oldest articles. And ferret out particular articles and passages with word searches.
Share Directly from Your Device
Read It Later has built-in sharing, so that you can pass on your saved articles and Web pages to your friends from your device, without returning to the Web page. Just copy the link, and choose from the Bluetooth, e-mail, Facebook, or SMS links that pop up. (You can use the same procedure to view the link in your browser.)
- Manage your reading lists across multiple platforms
- View full article content offline, without ads or other extraneous materials
- Organize articles with tags and sorting
Read It Later Pro has a 4.7-star rating in the Android Market, and a 3.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
4.7 stars in the Android Market and only 3.0 stars in the Amazon Appstore. A “what?” comment is surely needed here.
The problem, it appears, is the login server. There are 17 one-star ratings out of 44 overall. The issue, it appears, is one with the login server. The users cannot log in, and have left one-star ratings as a result.
In a way, that’s not really fair, as this has to be a temporary issue. There are 2,711 ratings overall at the Android Market, with only 38 one-star ratings, and 2,108 five-star ratings.
Those who are considering “buying” a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.
Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term “App Store.” Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.