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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Instapaper: Browse Now, Read it Later

I use NetNewsWire as my RSS reader. In its most recent update (3.1), a new feature labeled "Send to Instapaper" was introduced. Instapaper is a "fast, easy, free tool to save web pages for reading later."

From their site, here's how InstaPaper works:
1. You find something you want to read, but you don't have time now. You click the "Read Later" button on your browser.

2. When you have time to read, you come to the Instapaper site on your computer or phone and get whatever you wanted to read.
The "Read Later" button is set up by simply dragging it from the Instapaper site onto your browser. Whenever you have a link you want to check out later, you hit the "Read Later" button and that link is automatically saved to your InstaPaper account.

I have found Instapaper useful for saving articles that I want to read later, especially when I know I will be traveling and it won't be convenient to use my laptop. For example, you can update/refresh your Instapaper iPhone app before getting on a plane and all of the articles you have "sent to Instapaper" are downloaded onto your iPhone so you can read them on the plane without an internet connection.

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