Feedly released the premium (read not-free) version of its RSS reader to the general public today, following a successful soft-launch earlier this month where a limited 5,000 customers paid $99 for a lifetime subscription. Now, the service is available to everyone for $5 per month or $45 per year in exchange for a handful of added features.
The biggest perk that comes with Feedly Pro is search, which is noticeably missing from the free version of Feedly. You also get easy one-click save options for Evernote and Pocket, with integration for other save-for-later mobile apps coming soon. Feedly also promises that Pro customers will get “premium” customers support, meaning you’ll never have to wait in line for help.
Whether or not Feedly can turn its popular Google Reader replacement into a money-maker $5 at a time is unclear. The monthly fee seems a little high considering the limited advantages offered. Search is pretty great, but I’ve been using Digg Reader and I just now realized it doesn’t offer search either, so it may not be that necessary for your RSS feed. Feedly is also offering a full refund if you’re not satisfied within the first five days, so it can’t hurt to try it out.