Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Catch of the Day - Instapaper - 13 Apr 10

Instapaper is the fresh haul today

Instapaper is a free web tool that lets you save web pages for later viewing or reading. But, it's more than that. The content you pass on to Instapaper is available via your browser, with an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app, and using a Kindle or other device capable of reading the ePub format.

Using Instapaper's Read Later bookmarklet, you can save a web page for review at a more convenient time. Then, when you're ready, you can see your saved content in its original format or in a text-only format (The text-only format will sometimes include key images).

After reading, the pages can be archived automatically or manually or deleted completely. Instapaper lets you create folders for organizing your saved pages, both read and unread. Note, though, that saved pages are available via Instapaper only as long as the original content exists.

You can send items directly from Google Reader to Instapaper using Reader's Send to menu.

Many desktop and mobile RSS readers support sending items directly to Instapaper, as well.

Instapaper provides Kindle-compatible files which are easily transferred at no charge via USB, containing the text-only versions of your saved pages. Files are also available for other electronic reading devices that support the ePub format, including most Sony Readers and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

If you read my post yesterday about Readability, Instapaper offers a similar, but less robust text-on-the-fly service using the Instapaper Text bookmarklet.



Mrs. Tenkely said...

This is very handy! As I sit right now, I have upward of 360 tabs open with things that I want to get back to in 4 different web browsers. Looks like my day may be spent organizing myself down to 0 :)

Thomas Boito said...

Yes, you'll find it makes you more efficient. And I can't imagine the CPU's you're burning with 360 tabs open!

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