Finally, a better reading app. The internet is full of things you want to read – articles, newsletters, Twitter threads, PDFs. Matter brings them together in one place and gives you modern tools, like natural text-to-speech and fluid highlighting, to help you read more comfortably and effectively.
“Matter improves vastly on earlier read-later apps like Pocket and Instapaper”
–The Wall Street Journal (2022)
- Save full articles if you’re within the paywall (eg. Bloomberg, NYT, WSJ)
- Rollup Twitter threads into a single article page
- Save PDFs and YouTube
Read across devices, including Kindle:
- iPhone, iPad, Web
- Send any article to Kindle in 2-taps
Unified inbox for your subscriptions:
- Sync your newsletters by connecting Gmail
- Follow individual writers for their latest posts
- Add any RSS feed
The most elegant reading experience:
- Best-in-class article parsing + readability
- Available offline by default
- Gorgeous night mode
- Human-like text-to-speech
- Fluid highlighting and note-taking
Export your knowledge:
- Sync your highlights to Notion, Obsidian, Roam, Readwise, and others
Matter offers a free service and a Premium service.
The free version of Matter includes:
- Uncapped read-later library
- Mobile & web extensions to save all types of content
- Best-in-class parsing and readability
- Unlimited tags
- Sharing directly with friends
In addition to the free features, Matter Premium offers:
- HD text-to-speech for all your articles
- Sync your newsletters, subscribe to writers, and add RSS feeds
- Unlimited highlighting, note-taking, and integrations
- Send to Kindle
- Full-text search
- Customizable themes and fonts
Payment for Matter Premium will be charged to your iTunes Account when you subscribe. Annual and monthly subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the iTunes Store after purchase. Manage your Matter Premium subscription by going to Matter's Settings page.
Today we're launching a new Home Tab that delivers a daily selection of the highest quality reading from the world's best minds.
- You now have the option to pin the Inbox as its own tab.
- You can still set Queue or Inbox as your launch screen
Ratings and Reviews
I’m not typically one to leave app reviews, or to pay $60/year for an app. But here I am doing both because Matter is *that* good. I was a loyal Instapaper user for several years, but less than a week of playing with the free version was enough to convince me to switch (which, I’ll note, they make incredibly easy even with Instapaper’s API limitations). The article reading functionality is good - certainly on par with other apps, and things like the natural TTS are big improvements. They’re also clearly actively working on their parser, and the couple of times I’ve reported a content issue they’ve quickly not only fixed it but let me know they had done so.
Where Matter is really a game changer is the unified subscription inbox. I’ve thought for ages that surely someone could come up with one place for all newsletters coming from email, RSS, or anywhere else. And here… they did it. Once I got it set up, it’s amazing to no longer have newsletters languishing in my inbox for days at a time, especially for long form ones that I may read a few days after they come out. Now they’re all sitting there, ready and waiting for me to get to them.
It’s a newer app so there are still some rough edges to be polished, but it’s already a fantastic app that I’m excited to see continue to improve.
Developer Response ,
Hey there, wow! Thanks for such a wonderful review. We're honored to have you onboard with us and have lots of exciting things we're working hard on getting out!
Best of the Best
Unlimited highlights. An excellent tagging system. Beautiful, clean UI. Importing email subscriptions. No ads. Great save-for-later feature for Safari and Chrome. A great web app. Text to Speech with a natural voice. It doesn't get better than this, and certainly not for free.
I would happily pay for these features, as I think Matter does them better than comparable Pro versions of reader apps, but I also hope that as the app grows, the folks at Matter to keep a good many of them free.
Also, the two times I've put in a suggestion or bug in the web app, I've gotten a speedy response : )
A few small notes and quirks:
Some articles don't transfer completely, or transfer with the text of pop up windows, or only transfer the pop up content. That might be user error on my part, and it doesn't happen often enough to be annoying.
You can't click links in a highlight, so you have to remember to open or save the link before you highlight.
The ability to start TTS from a specific part in the article is a great feature in the mobile app that I hope comes to the web app.
The ability to use shortcut keys to delete, archive, favorite, tag, etc. is a great feature in the web app that I hope comes to the mobile app.
More consistent treatment of photos (sometimes imported, sometimes not, sometimes caption transferred as body text, sometimes not) would be nice, especially for TTS purposes, but not a dealbreaker.
Developer Response ,
Hey there, this is incredible feedback, thank you! We're going to work hard to continue to build an even better reader. Our team will definitely be discussing these notes and quirks soon!
Serious app for readers
This app is remarkable. It does an amazing job synthesizing both newsletters and read-it-laters. It also has additional functionality of allowing you to see new posts from writers that you can follow within the app. The text parsing is usually very good and clean. You're even able to get access to some paywalled stuff on occasion through the text parse. There are just some really thoughtful features happening within the app. The one that I like the very most is the shuffle feature for the read it later list. So fun! Highlighting is really simple, and coming back to your notes as simple as well. So much more to say, but I'm enjoying using this app thoroughly.
Developer Response ,
Hey there, thank you so much for the kind words! That means a lot to us. We have lots more exciting things in store and we can't wait to share soon!
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- Requires iOS 16.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 16.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 13.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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