Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Instapaper

I find interesting content while using my phone, either from my6sense or by finding links on Twitter.  Often, I don't want to read the content on my phone, either because I don't have time, or the form factor of my phone doesn't make it easy to read long content, so I would save it for later reading.

I had used Gmail to save these urls.  I setup a filter to automatically archive and add a "Bookmark" label if the message came from one of my accounts, and it had the "bookmark" keyword in the subject.  This works well, though it the experience going through the bookmarks is not ideal.

The type of experience that I ideally would like would be similar to the New York Times Chrome App, and the Flipboard experience.  These present content in a clean, visually pleasing way.  The closest experience that I have seen to this, for bookmarks, is with Instapaper.

Instapaper is a service that lets you save pages for you to view later.  They have a bookmarklet that you can use to save any page that you are viewing in a browser.  When viewing the list of saved sites, the presentation is a simple list.  There are some interesting features, that I like:

  • When viewing content, you have the option to view a Text-only version, which strips all extraneous formatting.

  • You can have content downloaded in Kindle or ePub format


On my phone, I have installed Everpaper and TLDR to add content to my Instapaper account.  In addition to being able to add content to your Instapaper account, Everpaper also lets you see the list of saved content.

I hope that Instapaper does offer some other presentation styles for reading content, other than just a one column list, but so far, Instapaper works for me.