Pocket has just redesigned their flagship app for the iPad and iPhone for the first time since 2012. They have a more minimalist interface with more white space and a tremendous reduction in information density. If you prefer a dark mode or sepia mode, you can also choose that as your app-wide color scheme. Even the typography and fonts have also been updated with ones that are more conducive to comfortable reading. The most exciting change has been the introduction of audio playback for your saved articles and they are read aloud by Amazon Polly, the TTS system that Alexa is based on.
You can listen to content you’ve saved from favorite publishers from all across the web—all from Pocket. The new listen feature frees the content you’ve saved to fit into your busy life. It enables you to absorb articles whenever and wherever, whether you are driving, or walking, working out, cooking, or on the train. To start listening, simply open Pocket and tap the new listen icon in the top left corner.
I like using Pocket, chiefly because they have a bunch of plugins for major internet browsers that let you save content directly to your account. The data can not only be read by the companies app, but can also be sent to your Kobo e-reader.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.