We don’t always have the time to read everything that we want to read, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t bookmark it for reading later. I’ve already covered the Android version of Read It Later and Read It Later Pro, but don’t think that the developers have forgotten about all you iFolk out there.
There are accompanying apps for Read It Later that work for the iPhone and for the iPad. Not surprisingly, the core functionality is much the same as what you’ve already seen with the Android version, granting you the ability to save pages to read later. And, yes, this includes downloading all that precious content for viewing even when you don’t have an active Internet connection.
Read It Later for iPhone
Just like for Android, there are two versions of Read It Later for the iPhone: Free and Pro (currently on sale for $2.99). The pro version gives you a few extra features, like the ability to share the links from directly within the app to Facebook, Twitter, and so on, as well as certain iPhone apps like Echofon and Twittelator.
With both the free and paid versions, you can easily save the pages that you want to read later using your iPhone’s menu. It also syncs up with the desktop website. The pages can be downloaded for offline viewing, but the interesting thing is that it can save two versions of the same page.
The “web view” will give you the full web experience with graphics, layouts, and images, but this doesn’t always provide the best reading experience. That’s why the “text view” can come in handy, pulling just the main text of the page that is saved.
Read It Later for iPad
In addition to the free and pro versions of Read It Later for iPhone, there are the same free and pro versions for the iPad. The good news is that you don’t have to sign up for an extra account and, if you already bought the pro version for the iPhone, you don’t have to pay again to get it for the iPad. Again, the core functionlity remains the same, but the iPad version takes advantage of the larger screen.
For example, the layout of the reading list shown above allows for the main navigation bar to exist on the left third of the screen, while the actual reading list itself can populate the right two-thirds of the screen. And just like the iPhone version, saved pages can be displayed in either “web view” or “text view,” depending on your preferences and the speed of your Internet connection.
There’s also video support, in case you want to save a YouTube video or two, as well as integration with Google Reader, Evernote, and other related services. And yes, as before, everything synchronizes with the main web client, so you can seamlessly dd, remove, and read all your content via your PC, Android device, and iDevice. How’s that for a time saver?