Readr integrates Pocket and other ‘read it later’ services into iOS

By , Mar 5, 2013

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As a blogger, I use Pocket, my read-it-later app of choice, on a daily basis. Sure, Safari has its own Reading List feature. But I use Chrome quite often, and find Pocket’s syncing to be much more reliable.

That said, you can understand my excitement when I got word of Readr. The recently-released jailbreak tweak integrates Pocket, and other ‘read it later’ services, into iOS’ system-wide share sheet…

Confused? Try tapping the Share icon at the bottom of Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Among other options, you should see one labeled ‘Add to Reading List.’ Now hold down on a hyperlink. Same thing, right?

This is all well and good for folks who use Reading List. But for those that don’t, it’s completely useless. And that’s where Readr comes in, as it lets you add Pocket, Readibility or Instapaper to this menu.

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Once the tweak is installed, you can select your service in the Settings app. And after a quick login via a standard OAuth process, you’re all set. You should notice a new ‘Read Later’ tab in the iOS Share menu.

Now, anytime you come across a link to an article or a website that you want to read later, simply do a long-tap on it, and the Share menu will come up. As far as I know, it works in most browsers and all stock iOS apps.

And that’s about it for Readr. Oh yeah, it also has a ‘Read Now’ feature that loads pages in a reader-friendly format, courtesy of Readibility. But my last-minute mention of it is a testament to how much I used it.

As a whole, however, the tweak has proven itself invaluable—way better than the bookmarklets I was using. I happily paid the $2 asking price. And if you use Pocket or Instapaper on a frequent basis, you will too.

You can find Readr in Cydia, in the BigBoss repo, for $1.99.

Have you tried Readr yet?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570913054 Matt Cohen

    Does anyone know how this intergrates into Mercury?

    • SimonReidy

      I imagine it would work. It seems the app monitors the clipboard. Long pressing an html link invokes the same menu from just about any app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

    Why are most of the latest tweaks $2? I’ll gladly pay $1. $2 for all these tweaks adds up IMO.

    • Bob

      Do you live in a cardboard box for you not to be able to afford it? It’s only $2 for several hours of work. If you like the tweak, support the developers.

      • Florian Lerch

        He’s talking about overpriced tweaks, not about “can’t you afford 2$?!?” In his opinion that’s too much for what the features are. I hope u understand :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

        I never said I couldn’t afford it. I mean that if I buy all of these tweaks (lets say the latest 10) for $2 a pop that’s $20, when I could get 20 tweaks for $20. All I’m saying is that I’ll more than likely buy a tweak that is priced $1 and not $2

      • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

        with upwards of 70 paid apps (most of which I use, some I wish I pirated), price matters very much. If each of those is a dollar, $70 isn’t too bad. but at $3 each, I’d be paying $210 (not affordable).
        It’s not about the per app/tweak price, it’s what means for the ecosystem as a whole.

  • http://twitter.com/MrMattGaulden Matt Gaulden

    does readability work a part of this?

    • Melvco

      Yes, as the article states, it’s compatible with Readibility.

  • MunnySwirl

    why pay for this one you can save to pocket with a javascript bookmark in safari or any other mobile browser?

    • Melvco

      I haven’t been able to get bookmarklet to work in Chrome.

      • SimonReidy

        That’s strange. It works fine for me. I have my Pocket javascript bookmarklet assigned to a keyword (“:P”). Then typing that keyword into the omnibox instantly shares to pocket (with the Pocket banner and ability to add tags too)

    • SimonReidy

      Becuase it works in apps that dont have bookmarks and from within your mail client. For instance I often want to save links from the Gmail app by long pressing (rather than forwarding the whole email to the add@pocket address)

  • http://twitter.com/blake_woody Blake Woody

    how does this work in chrome?

    • Om Soni

      That’s what I want to know. SOMEONE PLEASE REPLY!

      • http://twitter.com/blake_woody Blake Woody

        ahh. long tap on links.

  • Om Soni

    How does this integrate in Google Chrome?

    • http://twitter.com/blake_woody Blake Woody

      long tap links

      • Om Soni

        Thanks for the reply. Is there any way to bring it in the ‘Share’ bar instead?

      • SimonReidy

        Not that I can find. However you can easily setup a javascript bookmarklet in Chrome (with a keyword), to share the current page to Pocket. I have my keyword as “:P” to make it as quick as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/_donuts Matthew Manzano

    On chrome, it only gives me a “read now” option. No “read later” option. Any fix to this? Or anything I’m missing?

  • SimonReidy

    I love this tweak. This is something I have wanted for ages but didn’t ever think anyone would bother developing Its brilliant the way it integrates itself deeply into the OS, so you can press an html link from most apps to share to your ‘read later’ service of choice. I’m getting the most use out of it from Chrome, Mailbox and Gmail. The only problem is my Pocket list has now tripled in size :)

  • steelblued

    Or if a “Copy Link” action is available, just copy the link, and open Pocket/Instapaper/Readability app.
    Pocket/Instapaper/Readability will ask you to add the link in clipboard.

    Works everywhere including non jailbroken devices.

  • http://twitter.com/burlow burlow

    pocket also has the email feature – email any link to add@getpocket.com. And pretty much every share menu has “email..”

  • Simon

    Have been looking for this kind of tweek for a long time. But It needs to have an option to disable read now and safaris readinglist.

  • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ Jignesh Padhiyar

    Does this work on Dolphin too? I guess if it’s iOS-wide share, it should but a confirmation would be nice. And yeah would be nice if the tweak was $1.

  • http://iPhonage.com/ Joshua Logan

    it sure has merit on its own, although some may miss the subtle advantage it gives to readers