If you’re anything like me (and isn’t everyone like me? I think so…) you come across dozens of interesting articles every day that you want to read but don’t have time to read right now.
For a long time I would bookmark those articles in my browser favorites. Not the most efficient solution, as they became part of a long, disorganized, unsearchable list that was only accessible from work, which is the place I have the least time to read. I tend to do the most reading on my iPad at home or on my iPhone at lunch.
Enter Instapaper. This free tool allows you to archive links to all of those articles you want to read later, in a readable, searchable format that works across all devices and platforms. Drag the “Read Later” bookmarklet to your browser toolbar and simply click on it when you want to save something to, well, read later. In addition to saving articles, I also use it for bookmarking websites and tools that I want to go back to at a later time. I installed the Instapaper mobile app ($4.99) to my iPad and iPhone so I can read my Instapaper at home in bed, in line at Starbucks or anywhere else I want to.
Instapaper allows you to read a gentle-on-the-eyes text version of your saved article. Alternatively, you can visit a link to the article at it’s original source. For news articles and blog posts, I prefer the text version, as it is delightfully clean and ad-free.
When you are finished reading your articles, you can delete them from Instapaper or archive them within Instapaper to keep indefinitely.