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2 Interesting Tools for Readers and Researchers

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Read It Later Changes Name to ‘Pocket,’ Now Free

“Read It Later’s latest redesign removes the “read” from its name. Once literally a tool for saving online articles to read later, a new version of the app released on Tuesday also emphasizes images, videos and content like recipes. Meet “Pocket.”

Instead of saving articles to read later, it helps “Pocket” whatever interesting content you come across on the web.

In addition to introducing a crisp new interface and name, the startup has dropped the app’s price to free. Previously, Read It Later was available either for free, with ads, or for for a fee without them. Now both the ads and fee (and any signs of a business model) are gone.

About 4.5 million people downloaded Read It Later. Together they’ve saved more than 200 million items — about 50% of which are viewed on mobile screens.”


Read It Later Changes Its Name to Pocket, Adds a New Interface, Video Filters, and It’s Free [Video]

Read It Later rebrands as “Pocket”, goes free. Lets its 4.5m users save articles, videos, images & more. (Zee/The Next Web)


Startup Turns Research Databases Into Searchable Notecards

elighter, a browser extension for collecting notes online, is teaming up with Cengage Learning to turn paid research databases such as Questia into a stack of free virtual note cards.

With Citelighter’s first product, students can highlight any text on any web page and click a “capture” button to save it in a virtual notebook.

When it’s time to write, they can visit the notebook to view all of their highlights from across the web, reorder them and add comments to create an outline. Citelighter automatically puts together a citation page.

On Tuesday, the startup announced Citelighter Pro, which builds on this functionality by recommending articles from Cengage Learning’s research databases — the kind usually purchased by libraries and schools — based on what a student is researching.

Citelighter already has a databases of notes and bibliographies, putting it in in a good position to make recommendations based on what students with similar topics have cited in the past.

When students access those recommended articles, they can use Citelighter to capture facts from them the same way they do from other online content. Non-paying users cannot access articles, but they can access the facts and citations collected from them.

Through fact sheets it has dubbed “knowledge cards,” Citelighter is building a citation database. For about 375 topics, it has curated the most important facts its users have highlighted around the web and their sources. Now these sheets will contain facts from databases such as Questia as well.

Most fact snippets currently hosted on Citelighter come from free websites. But when paid content is the mix, Citelighter has an opportunity to link users to sites where they can purchase the source material — and to collect referral fees.

Citelighter Pro will be available in May.


Posted on: April 26, 2012, 7:19 am Category: Uncategorized

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