Instapaper Is Back in Europe, Launches Premium Subscription

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud with 5 Comments

Instapaper is back. The service went dark in Europe after the GDPR policies came into action. Back then, the service was owned by Pinterest, and both the companies remained quiet about what’s happening with the service in Europe. It has been inaccessible since May, and after being down for weeks, it’s finally back for users in Europe.

And now, there are some radical changes coming to the service. First of all, Pinterest is no longer the owner of Instapaper — the original developers and creators behind Instapaper have transferred back ownership of the product, forming a new company called Instant Paper. And to support the service independently in the future, the company is bringing back its Instapaper Premium subscription offer.

You see, Instant Paper wants to keep Instapaper alive without using venture capital, and so the return of the premium subscription will be crucial here. The subscription, coming in at $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year, comes with a full-text search for articles, unlimited notes, text-to-speech playlists on mobile, speed reading, and more.

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5 responses to “Instapaper Is Back in Europe, Launches Premium Subscription”

  1. redstar92

    I am sorry but Marko Arment's (maker of Instapaper) refusal to acknowledge that Windows PCs exist as a device you may want to read on always left a sour taste with me. No Windows 10 apps with offline reading capability on PC is a non-starter. Pocket at least has a couple of 3rd party apps that do the job.

  2. lvthunder

    It will be interesting to see if this business model works for them or not. I for one hope it does, but I fear it won't.

  3. roastedwookie

    It was accessible with VPN so...

  4. spewak

    I upgraded and paid for the yearly subscription. It is my go to Read later addon in my browser.

  5. Polycrastinator

    I always felt like Instapaper has an opportunity to pivot to micropayments, if they can get newspapers and magazines on board. The big problem for read later apps is that they strip the ads from content, it's not unreasonable for content providers to treat these apps as stealing, but having a way to pass payments on to content providers would fix that and could provide a viable monetization strategy. With the growth of paywalls, there's really an opportunity out there for a company to provide this service.

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