Pocket's new premium service saves articles and websites forever

For $5 per month, Pocket Premium helps you save your favorite articles and webpages indefinitely, then search for them later.

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Pocket's Android app. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Popular bookmarking tool Pocket today introduced Pocket Premium, a new paid service designed to help you save pieces of the Internet forever. It'll cost you $5 per month or $45 per year, and for that price you get a permanent back up of everything you save so you never lose it, advanced search options, and automatic tagging to help organize what you save.

Pocket is a helpful online tool and suite of mobile apps that can save news and blog articles, entire websites, videos, and more, so that you can read or watch them later on your computer, tablet, or phone. With the Pocket mobile apps, you don't even need an Internet connection to view the items you've saved, which makes it great for traveling.

Pocket Premium is the first move by the company to pull in revenue, as the 7-year-old service has been completely free until now. You can still use Pocket's free tier to save items, and the company is even making that service better with a redesigned Web clipper to use to save items when you're on your desktop, and improved tag-management tools to help you organize everything you save.

The biggest draw of Pocket Premium is the Permanent Library, which keeps backup copies of every item you save so you can view it at any time, even if it disappears from the Web. It's essentially a digital archive of each website and article you save, just as they were when you saved them.

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Pocket's new search tools in Premium. Pocket

Premium also gives you a full-text search engine that indexes everything you save to your library. You can search by keyword, author, publication, and tags to hunt down exactly what you want. That's especially helpful if you have hundreds or thousands of items saved in Pocket.

The last perk of Premium is automatic tagging. When you save a new article, Pocket analyzes the content and suggests tags you might want to assign to it. When you tag saved items, Pocket groups them together in the app, so they're easier to find.

You can sign up for Pocket Premium now on Pocket's website, and you'll be able to use the features on the Web, iOS, and Android. If you choose to upgrade, everything you've already saved to Pocket will be automatically backed up in your Permanent Library.

 

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