Last month, Instapaper announced that it would be splitting from Pinterest, which had acquired it back in 2016. At the time, it was unclear what would happen to the premium features, which became free for users following the acquisition, but the company has now answered that question.
In a blog post today, Instapaper has announced that it will be relaunching the premium service it offered before being bought by Pinterest, in an attempt to keep the service alive. The conditions for the paid offering are similar to what was previously available - it costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year and grants you the following features:
Full-text search for all articles in your account
Text-to-Speech playlists on mobile
Speed reading to get through all of your articles up to 3x faster
An ad-free Instapaper website
“Send to Kindle” using a bookmarklet or our mobile apps
The news may not make its current users happy, but this was the most likely scenario given that the company is no longer funded by Pinterest.
On the bright side, the company today announced its return to countries in the European Union. The service went offline a couple of months ago due to the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but it seems that those issues have finally been ironed out and the service is ready to make its comeback. As compensation for the extended downtime, Instapaper is offering six months of its Premium service to those affected by the outage.