Feedly, one of the more capable Google Reader substitutes, has made its paid version generally available this week, and for US$ 5 per month or US$ 45 per year, Feedly Pro customers get search and one click Evernote integration.
Search, Evernote + Pocket Integration
When current users login to Feedly, there is a search bar in the upper right corner, but it won't actually search for anything until Feedly Pro is signed up for. Searching for articles seems like a great feature to have for all users, and our guess is it will eventually be so. Feedly is trying to scale up its handy RSS reader features, and by charging for some early pro features, it can develop even more, and perhaps pass along some of the original features to all users.
As for the Evernote integration, the popular note taking tool will now allow Feedly to send over articles for saving to selected notebooks. With Pocket, formerly known as Read it Later, it's a similar kind of feature. Save articles from Feedly right to the Pocket app for a more magazine like interface.
Both of those connections can already be done with third party apps, and no doubt more integrations like them will come out as Feedly builds up its system. They're nice features to have, but the search feature is really the one that is needed most.
HTTPS + Premium Support
For now, the only other feature available to paid users will be premium support. There is also now support for HTTPS, but that is for both paid and free users. Premium support will allow those users to get bumped up to the front of the support queue.
We all know there are a ton of RSS readers out there, so we're not sure if US$ 5 per month will be enough to entice people. The idea, however, is to support Feedly now so it can delve into creating even more features in the future. There's even a lifetime Feedly subscription available for US$ 99. Those who sign up for either version will also get the first say in what exact features should be rolled out next.
So far, we haven't found an RSS reader that truly replaces Google Reader, but we are actually using Feedly here at CMSWire. Let us know in the comments if you think its worth supporting a paid version of Feedly with this set of features.
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