Instapaper is now available for free, launches new premium subscription

Instapaper has today announced that the company is changing its subscription model, enabling everyone to download the official app for free. A new premium subscription is now available for $2.99 or $29.99 a year, but for those who are already paying for the service, you'll remain on the old $1 a month plan (as a token of their gratitude). The team states that the new premium model will enable them to add cool new features to the advanced package.

The new Premium model will allow us to keep adding great features to the Premium package. That's what we've been focused on for the past year, and that's what we'll be obsessed with in the years to come. When betaworks took over, Instapaper's only premium feature was full-text search. Since then, we've added an array of useful functions like unlimited highlighting, and we just launched text-to-speech playlists on iOS and Android.

We lightly touched on these changes when covering the previous update. Those who enjoy more functionality will surely welcome the new premium model. As always, Instapaper is paying attention to suggestions and feature requests, so be sure to keep submitting them to the team.

8 Comments
  • I have literally no idea what this app does and this article, unfortunately, doesn't help. My problem, I know... Posted via a Nexus
  • Lol same here... The person that wrote this should have made a brief description about this app Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agree, should have at least copy\paste the description from the Play Store: "Instapaper is the simplest way to save and store articles for reading: offline, on-the-go, anytime, anywhere, perfectly formatted.
    Instapaper for Android provides a mobile and tablet-optimized Text view that makes reading Internet content a clean and uncluttered experience. Read offline, even on airplanes, subways, on elevators, or on Wi-Fi-only devices away from Internet connections. CORE FEATURES:
    - Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for tablet and phone screens
    - Distraction-free reading environment gets out of your way so you can focus on the content
    - Everything you download is then available **OFFLINE**, so you can read whenever you want, even on airplanes, subways, or Wi-Fi-only devices away from internet connections
    PLUS:
    - Optimized tablet interface
    - Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
    - Dark mode and brightness control for night reading
    - Sort your list of unread items by popularity, date, article length, and shuffle
    - Folders for organization
    - Share via web browser and any app that supports sharing
    - Rotation lock
    - Download up to 500 articles on your phone or tablet, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
    - Folders for organization
    - Dictionary and Wikipedia lookups
    - Tilt scrolling, page-flipping
    - Preview links in the built-in browser without leaving the app
    - Search, via in-app purchase"
  • Doesn't Pocket do the same thing, for free?
  • Yep Posted via the Android Central App
  • yes, I used to use instaper and switched to Pocket as I didn't really use it all that often and the price was too high.
  • Pocket is free. Why would anyone pay for the app let alone a monthly subscription n5
  • Instapaper and Pocket are both free and offer premium features if you pay for the upgrade.
    What is so hard to understand about that?