What is it?
Instapaper is the best thing I’ve come across all year.
It’s been around for quite some time, has 1 million registered users and was named “Best Publication App of 2010,” but I hadn’t heard about it. So I figured it’s worth sharing just in case you missed it too.
For quite some time now, I’ve been searching high and low for a simple tool that would do exactly what Instapaper does: save webpage urls.
Instapaper allows you to easily save those URLs for later when you do have time to read them, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them like I normally do.
I love it. It’s free. And it takes less than one minute to install the “read later” button in your toolbar.
I tried Evernote with all its bells and whistles, but I never took the time to learn it or use it, because I don’t have time to spend an hour figuring out and adopting another tool.
I wanted an uncomplicated tool to do one task and one task only: save a web page url with the click of a button.
It’s time consuming to sit and read everything my eyes fall upon when I’m browsing through 500 feed items, responding to email, chatting, and watching Dancing with the Stars or some other background noise that only serves to distract me.
Yet, well-written content is out there, and I do want to read it — just not when I’m in information-skimming, speed-overload mode.
How to use the tool.
As the website states, Instapaper is designed to store links you’d like to read once and then discard. There’s no limit to how many articles you can store, and your archive of read items is kept indefinitely (unless you delete from it).
But Instapaper isn’t optimized for keeping track of thousands of pages like Evernote. This tool isn’t the right solution to collect, categorize, tag, filter, and search the contents of every web page you’ve ever found. See screenshots below.
It’s compatible with the iPhone and iPad.
Once you’ve found those great web pages, read them at home or on the go even without an internet connection. Simply install the Instapaper app and download your unread articles when you have Wi-Fi or 3G coverage, then read them on the train, on the bus, in an airplane, at the bank, or in your favorite chair.
The universal app for both iPhone and iPad costs $4.99.
Like Instapaper’s web interface Text option, the app downloads a mostly-text version of each page, using ideal formatting for maximum readability on the iDevice. You don’t need to zoom in to read the text, and you can’t accidentally side-scroll when reading a long column.
Here is the screenshot from my account that depicts how simply the articles appear. Notice you can archive your article, edit it (edit the title and add a summary), share it, move it (to a folder you can choose to set up) or delete it.
Here is the screenshot of how your saved articles look on the iPhone and iPad:
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