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