Substack Reader 12+

The home for great writing

Substack, Inc.

    • #14 in News
    • 4.9 • 4K Ratings
    • Free



Substack exists because what you read matters, and great writing is valuable.

Use the Substack app to:

- Collect your newsletters in a dedicated Inbox
- Be instantly notified when a writer you’ve subscribed to publishes a new post
- Read posts in simple and elegant view
- Discover new writers on Substack

What’s New

Version 1.0.7

Fixes bug in onboarding suggestions

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
4K Ratings

4K Ratings

Interr0bang ,

There’s Finally an App!

I’m excited to see that Substack has an app now so that I can view all of the writers I’m subscribed to. Since I started with reading Glenn Greenwald’s substack, the site has been my go-to for journalism that I find trustworthy and worth reading. Individual people putting out their own content free of corporate pressure (at least that’s what it’s billed as). Having them all come through e-mail was fine generally but I enjoy the smooth movement into the app to see all of my subscriptions on one list instead of hunting for them in my email. I know it just started and will need to be updated so I fully realize the possibility of future issues with the app that will need correcting but nevertheless I’m glad to see that it’s been created.

Pseudotsuga ,

Warning! Big problems.

Update: as a writer using SubStack, I would not recommend that writers jump onto the SubStack platform until things get worked out. Stripe, the company that processes payments, charges 15%. That is outrageous and unacceptable, and they don’t tell you that up front. As stated before, there is NO way to contact any customer service. While there are some things I like about SubStack, I really regret having jumped into it at this point. Now that I have subscribers, there is no easy way to just stop. I think that’s what SubStack is counting on.

Currently, the app is not working. There is NO customer service. You cannot talk to a human being if you encounter a problem. The thing I like about Substack is it’s simplicity. It’s a newsletter only, without extra nonsense. It’s great when it works. When it doesn’t work, I guess you just have to hope it does work again, eventually, somehow.

I got the impression that SubStack was all about connecting readers and writers, and the whole concept seemed clean and honest. So far, it is not turning out that way.

Lara5 ,

Great content despite a poor user experience

I got excited about Substack after a podcast I listened to described it as a great alternative to top-down CEO-driven mass media. There’s a lot of great content here that you won’t see in a newspaper. Comments also tend to be civilized discussions rather than the dumpster fires you see in social media.

My only complaint is the user experience. I wish there was a news feed that displayed all the popular articles from a variety of sources. Instead I have to pick through categories and individual newsletters one-by-one to find something interesting and I feel like I’m missing a lot, especially from categories I don’t usually read. It would also be nice if podcasts were separated from articles. Finally, the email spam after subscribing fo each newsletter is really annoying. All of that should be handled in the app.

App Privacy

The developer, Substack, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • User Content

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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