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Readability for Everyone

We have some great news to share: we’ve removed the limits on free Readability accounts. All users—free and paying—now get unlimited access to their Reading List, Favorites, Archives, and all our other features.

I wanted to take a quick minute to run through our motivations for the changes. This tweak helps us accomplish our goals in two ways:

First, we wanted to better distinguish the difference between having access to features and supporting content creation. As supporting great writing on the web is one of our key goals, having features tied to our support platform felt like it was muddling the message. So now they’re distinct: all features are free, and supporting writing still exists as a platform.

Second, we wanted to keep Readability as open as possible so that third-party integrators to our service can access all of our features as well, without limitations. More and more, Readability is becoming the piping around reading experiences on the web. Apps like Reeder, Longform, and others are tightly integrating with the Readability API to access readable content and reading lists. We love partners like this, and opening up our platform so that any application can create a reading list for a user, and access readable content, is another one of our key goals.

With those motivations in mind, we’re currently decoupling application features and supporting publishers (and Readability). “Premium” is now becoming “Subscriber”, and the dollars you can now optionally pay are purely for supporting us and writers, rather than to avoid the pain of any software-imposed limits we previously had.

We hope you enjoy the newly opened Readability. We’re blown away by the thousands of you who have chosen to support writers through our platform, and we’re committed to developing new ways for Readability Subscribers to encourage and consume great writing on the web.

Happy Reading!

Chris Dary is the CTO of Readability. You can reach Chris at chris@readability.com.

22 Responses »

  1. Nice! I think it’s a really wise decision which make Readability a real contender against Read it Later and Instapaper. Now everyone will be able to enjoy Readability to it’s full potential. As for the publisher I’m pretty sure more user should translate in more subscriber.

  2. This really is fantastic news. Love Readability more and more each day with news like this.
    I may be being cynical, but does this have anything to do with a certain App Store? ;-)

  3. WTF 2 hours ago I bought a Premium Account! I’m not angry to have paid, I’m more concerned how this project will be financed and how I can support it.

  4. Now that the Premium/Subscriber payment is completely optional, have you considered varying the $5 charge, or allowing Subscriber members to choose how much money to direct towards publishers (giving more to a small blog versus, say, the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal)?

  5. This is simply great!

  6. Cool! Now, could you please finally stop forwarding me there and back and asking me to confirm, when I click “read later” in the Chrome plugin?? Thanks :-)

  7. The amount of a supporter’s contribution is entirely variable, with a minimum of $5. You can change your contribution at any time, which will reflect on allocations in the current month.

  8. Josef: that’s probably an issue of the cookies on your browser. Send a support request through readability.com/contact

  9. SebSemmi: you can support the development of Readability–and the writers/publishers of what you read–by remaining a contributor. We’re simply removing the coupling of features from the “cost” of service. We’re building a platform of tools for everyone and asking each to pay what they can to support writing on the open web.

  10. @wang — that’s a perfectly good question, but one we’ll answer when you finally have our iPhone app. We hope that’s soon and appreciate your patience. In the meantime, make a home screen app of http://readability.com/ to read with our terrific mobile web, on– and offline .

  11. Why did I have to use readability to read this? ;-p

    Or rather, maybe, why can’t the blog get automatically rendered via readability?

  12. Sorry, should have mentioned that these are excellent news. :-D

    Keep on the good work!

  13. A million thanks. <3

  14. Great news & great service! Any chance this service will have a dedicated app for wp7? Or at least a working mobile website for ie9 on wp7?

  15. Mike: WP7 is on our radar, but does not support the type of database we’ve used for our mobile site. We’re looking into engineering changes that might—as a result—work on WP7. For questions and suggestions, check out our Ideas site — http://readability.bonfireapp.com —we’re absolutely open to feedback there.

  16. Awesome! I just migrated everything over to Readablity from Read It Later. All I need now is Flipboard integration for my iPhone as well as a native app.

  17. Making it for everyone is a great idea, it’s beneficial for people like me who do not have an international credit card.
    Surely I will contribute by promoting in BBS or networks instead of money.
    Huge thanks for the team from China.

  18. Hi Max, thanks for being informative about the state of the iPhone/iPad app. I hope this move gives you guys the last bit of momentum you need to make it through the review process at Apple. Always remember that a lot of people out there (myself definitely included) really appreciate what you’ve already done with Readability, including the mobile site.

  19. Well, at least don’t say “Readability for Everyone” in your title if you don’t support Android or Windows apps as Reeder, Longform, etc. are Mac or iPad only…

  20. Nice to read that, now i’m waiting for iOS app :D