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Substack launches Reader, a newsletter reader that is basically a lifelong RSS reader

A little less than a month ago we reported that newsletters were growing so much that Substack was developing Inbox, an RSS reader-style email newsletter reader. The company had a closed beta that they opened yesterday, so we can already know a little more about their intentions in this market.

The truth is that a server is subscribed to more than 20 newsletters and Gmail inbox starts to mess if I use it without filters and automated folders. Substack Reader, as in the end they have called the RSS reader that is still in beta, that is, a reader that for the moment is open, although it obviously favors its own content.

Reader is a lifelong RSS reader, which at the moment is not very comfortable


Reader, from Substack, is not just a newsletter reader even though it is sold like that, rather, it is something like Feedly that, as we said, allows us to add URLs to subscribe by RSS to any medium, blog or content that is provided by this type of subscription. This is very good because Substack, at the moment, does not trap us on its platform.

One of the fears that there could be with something like that was that, as Spotify has done, Substack would close its reader to only the contents of its platform, but for now, in this beta phase, we can see that this is not the case. Of course, as an RSS reader I don't find it too convincing. To read the newsletters or the news of Genbeta, it does not allow me to read the contents directly, but it goes to the web and loads the links.


This happens in all types of content, not only in articles that include the classic "read more" so that you go to the web. With esot, Substack Reader continues to fulfill its mission to perfection, which is to have all the newsletters on one site without having to use our inbox. But of course, having to open windows or tabs makes it anything but comfortable.

Supscrib, receive all your newsletters in one place and free up your email inbox

In the end, Substack itself offers RSS of its newsletters, with which this first experience is similar to the one we would have with any reader in the sense of bringing together all the news in one place. What changes here is that Substack itself already has a good network of creators, and for example, it allows us to add the newsletters of the people we follow. The idea, of course, may have a future.

Via | The Verge