How many times a day do you come across articles or interesting items online that you don’t have time to read at that moment?
The most common method of saving such content is to create browser bookmarks. However, over time browser bookmark lists can become very long and unorganized. Another common approach to saving content is to drag shortcuts to the desktop. Again, over time the desktop can become loaded with shortcuts. Another challenge is that if you happen make use of several web browsers, or computers, the content saved one one is not available on another. In the end, what was once interesting content eventually gets lost in the clutter.
One solution to addressing this problem is Instapaper, a “simple tool to save web pages for reading later.” This service allows one to save content accessed on one browser or device for later reading on a different browser or device.
After creating an Instapaper account, the user installs a browser ‘bookmarklet.’ When content is being view, one clicks on the bookmarklet button. A “Saved!” message will briefly appear in the corner of the page as a link to the content is save on the users’ account.
All saved content is saved and accessed from the Instapaper site or app. An RSS feed is also available for all the items that have been saved allowing the content to be accessed from any RSS reader.
Some additional features:
- If you use folders, each folder has a bookmarklet to save pages directly into it under the Folder Tools section in the sidebar.
- Provides Kindle-compatible files containing the text versions of your saved pages that can be transferred via USB.
- The bookmarklet also works on Apple mobile devices: just add it to your bookmarks in Safari, and it will be synchronized to the bookmarks folder. Many Apple applications make use of their API to provide support for sending pages directly to Instapaper.
- Other Instapaper users can subscribe to a folder of your Starred items if they know your username.
As with many cloud-based services, Instapaper has no outside funding or corporate backing. So, although the service is free, it is ad-supported.