Over the past few years Read it Later has offered tools let users bookmark web pages temporarily and read them later on a PC or mobile device. Now the company’s launching a new version and changing the name to “Pocket.”

The idea is that when you find an article, website, or video you don’t have time to read right now, you can put it in a pocket until later.


Pocket offers apps for iOS and Android. The Pocket app for the Amazon Kindle Fire is also available from the Amazon Appstore. The Android and iOS apps are both free, but someone apparently forgot to send the memo to Amazon, which still charges $2.99 for the app.

One of the big differences between Pocket and Read it Later is that the new app places an emphasis not just on articles, but also on images and videos. You can filter content by type — although The Verge notes that Pocket doesn’t automatically recognize every video source. While YouTube and Vimeo URLs show up under the video menu, links from other sites may not.

You can also use the app to save links from other apps. For instance, if you’re using the Android version, you can tap the “Share” option in most news apps and choose Pocket from the list of sharing options.

If you already have a Read It Later account, you can download the new Pocket app and just login with your current username and password.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...