Medium wants to be where you read stories — maybe even ones it doesn’t own

Medium has become a popular place for people who don’t run their own websites to postlong essaysandscathing exposes, in addition to producing some journalism itself, all in an elegant interface that lends itself to longform reading.

But a new experimental “Save to Medium” featurediscovered by app sleuth Jane Manchun Wongsuggests Medium has bigger aims — it might like to be the place you readallthose lengthy web-based stories you don’t have time to read right away.

It’s called “Save to Medium,” and it looks like a clear competitorto PocketandInstapaper’spopular read-it-later services, allowing you to quickly bookmark stories that you can then consume in its own interface whenever you like.

But unlike Pocket, the current experimental version of “Save to Medium” appears to be doing something alittle bitcontroversial: it’s scraping off the ads and paywalls that publishers likeThe New York Timesuse to actually fund their journalism, according to Wong.

However, it appears that Medium creates a copy of webpages on their own platform without the paywall or ads

Not sure how publishers and news publications will think about this

I wrote about my opinions and suggestions on this unreleased feature:

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)September 5, 2019

That’s rich, considering how Medium charges a $5 monthly fee to get throughits very own paywall, one it would presumably like to keep on getting paid. Medium declined to comment, but it’s quite possible it plans to implement a feature like Pocketwhere you can log into the sites that you pay for— assuming it turns “Save to Medium” into a real product at all.

In the meanwhile, there’s an easyCEO-approved wayto bypass Medium’s paywall: just follow a Twitter link to get there.

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