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Instapaper returns to Europe after GDPR blackout, relaunches Premium plan

A few weeks ago Instapaper announced that it was taking the service solo and leaving Pinterest. As part of its new independence, the read-it-later service is reintroducing its Instapaper Premium subscription service to keep the lights turned on. Instapaper is also returning to the European Union after months of being offline for EU users due to GDPR compliance issues.

Instapaper announced the relaunch of Premium in a blog post today:

As a reminder, Instapaper Premium is a subscription for $2.99/month or $29.99/year that offers the following features:

  • Full-text search for all articles in your account
  • Unlimited Notes
  • 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

When Instapaper was first developed by Marco Arment, the read-it-later service was a paid upfront iOS app with an optional Instapaper Premium tier to support further development. Instapaper was later acquired by Digg-owners Betaworks, then Pinterest and made free.

Last month the developers of Instapaper under Pinterest announced that they were taking the service independent once again. Today’s move sees many features that were previously available for free return to a paid model, but that’s probably really good news for the longevity of the service. The core bookmarking and parsing features of Instapaper will continue to be available for free.

Instapaper has also announced its return to the European Union after a months-long blackout due to General Data Protection Regulation compliance. As an apology, Instapaper Premium will be available for free for six months for EU users that experienced downtime due to GDPR issues.

We are very sorry for the extended downtime and, as a token of our apology, we are giving six months of Instapaper Premium to all EU users affected by the outage.

We’ve updated our privacy policy to include the rights afforded to EU users under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Additionally, in the interest of transparency, we are posting our privacy policy to GitHub where you can view a versioned history of all the changes to our privacy policy.

Instapaper for iOS is available for free on the App Store — now with optional Instapaper Premium to support development.

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Zac covers Apple news, hosts the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, and created