Readability is Shutting Down Its Bookmarking Service Because No One is Using It

5584753106_db56d98926_bWhen it comes to saving web content for later use, the most commonly used services are Instapaper and Pocket (and for the hardcore, Pinboard) but not, apparently, Readability.

No one was using Readability to save pages so they can be read later, and that is why the developers announced on Monday that they are shutting down the service.

The team behind Readability sent out an email to developers, and published a blog post for users, with the news that the bookmarking service will be turned off at the end of this month. Fortunately, the other half of Readability will continue to function:

We’re writing you because you have requested and used an API key for Readability.com.

First, the Readability Reader API, which saves bookmark information for reading later, and which almost no one uses, will be shut down at the end of September.

Second, the vastly more popular Readability Parser API, which extracts article content from web pages, will continue to run and will improve.

What if I’m one of the handful of developers using the Readability Reader API to save bookmarks?

If you’re a user of the Readability Reader API, that API will be shut off, along with the end-user bookmarking service, on September 30, 2016. If you’ve made available or built any sort of Read Later functionality to Readability, it will no longer work after that date. We plan to notify all active end users of the Readability service in the coming days as well.

The blog post can be found on Medium (yep, Readability no longer even maintains its own blog any more) and says basically the same thing.

As noted in the excerpt above, the second half of Readability's service, the Parser API, will continue to be supported.

This is good news because the Parser is the part of Readability that stripped out the adverts and other extraneous info, leaving a webpage which was easier to read. It's used in a bunchaton of apps, including several on my laptop.

If that had been turned off then I would be scrambling for replacements.

Thanks, Michael for the tip!

image by Wiertz Sébastien

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

5 Comments on Readability is Shutting Down Its Bookmarking Service Because No One is Using It

  1. Nobody uses the bookmark / save for later feature because it hasn’t been updated in years. That’s why. I’m surprised to hear the developers are even still around.

    I remember using Readability and liking it years ago – but Pocket and Instapaper have continued to innovate.

  2. Hey…I’ve been using this feature save to read later ;( so at least 1 person was doing it 🙂

  3. Readability works PERFECTLY when paired up with Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve just tried Instapaper with the intention of using it as a replacement for Readability once Readability shuts down, and all I can say is – it SUCKS big time. Readability, you will be sorely missed!

  4. I’m also using it and I really like it. “NO ONE IS USING iT”?!

  5. Oh no. My favorite read it later service with my georgeous reading list has gone!
    I didn’t noticed the farewell since the browser plugin and the app still works great.
    How can I export my archived bookmarks to all that nice articles now?

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