Instapaper’s new Premium plan goes live on return to Europe

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Instapaper Premium unlocks awesome features.
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Instapaper has finally returned to Europe following a GDPR blackout, and users can now subscribe to its new Premium plan to unlock additional features.

The service was pulled in the E.U. following the introduction of new data protection regulations, but now it’s fully compliant and ready to do business again. Here’s what you can expect if you upgrade with a Premium subscription.

Instapaper, originally founded by developer Marco Arment, has become one of the most popular read-it-later services. So popular, in fact, that it was acquired by Pinterest in August 2016 for an undisclosed sum.

Two years later, Instapaper just became an independent company again, and it’s launching a new Premium plan to ensure it can remain that way long-term.

Instapaper Premium unlocks the best features

If you subscribe to the Premium plan, which is priced at just $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year, you’ll get to enjoy text-to-speech functionality on mobile, full text search for articles saved to your account, and unlimited notes.

You will also get access to the speed reading feature that lets you power through articles up to three times faster, a “Send to Kindle” button, and an ad-free experience when browsing the Instapaper website.

“In addition to getting access to Premium features, your Instapaper Premium subscription will help ensure that we can continue developing and operating Instapaper,” the service explains.

“Our goal is to build a long-term sustainable product and business, without venture capital, and we need your help to achieve that goal.”

Instapaper returns to Europe

Premium is free for six months for those in the European Union, where Instapaper has just returned after a lengthy blackout.

It now comes with an updated privacy policy that’s fully compliant with GDPR, and in the interests of transparency, Instapaper is posting its updated privacy policy to GitHub where you can view a versioned history of all the changes.

If you don’t already have the Instapaper app for iOS, you can download it from the App Store now. Sadly, there is no Apple Watch component anymore.