Saving articles to read later is something we do; we save. But reading the articles we save isn’t something we do as often. The reason: organization, or lack thereof. But with organization comes action. And the action is prompted by the right app.
There is a wealth of information on the web. Though the information is vast, the sources are not always the most reputable or responsible. When we find good articles to read, we want them, but we don’t always have the time to read them right there. Some of us just keep the tab open until there’s either too many open sites or your computer crashes. Some of us just bookmark it using the respective shortcuts offered by the various web browsers. Both these processes, the tabbers or the bookmarkers, so to speak, get what they want: saved articles to read later. But to what utility? Do you really go back and read them? How many of these articles did you actually save this way? Will you even find the article you want at the moment you want it, or will you have to scan and search endlessly because your list of to-read-later articles is way too long or seriously stress-inducing?
From an IT tech perspective, there’s no reason this should happen. You should be able to save your articles (or videos and/or podcasts) to read (or view and/or listen) at your convenience and on any of your gadgets (phone, iPad, tablet, Kindle, computer, or other), and you should be able to find the exact article you want without hassle. Technology is too advanced today not to offer this service. So why haven’t you already asked about such an app yet? Because, in fact, there are two apps that have been around for a few years, and with recent updates, they help you manage your read-it-later content so that you will indeed read them later.
Instapaper has been around for a few years and is a popular content bookmarking tool for both iOS and Android devices. With Instapaper, you can “save anything,” “read anything,” and highlight and add notes, and much, much more. All you need to do is download the app Instapaper.
Instapaper has a sophisticated, completely clutter-free appearance. No ads, nothing to distract you. The best thing about Instapaper, however, isn’t its ease-of-use and management-friendly application, but it’s the extra intuitive tools.
Pocket is another app that’s been around for awhile, it was the original Read It Later app. Like Instapaper, Pocket offers a clutter-free reading and viewing experience as well as the capability to sync across all devices. But shared features almost end there. If you are saving more images, videos, or built-in media and are more socially inclined, then Pocket might be for you. To use Pocket, simply download the free app and begin. Some features offered or perfected by Pocket are not available through Instapaper:
These two apps are perfect for the person who wants to read and view it all but just can’t do it right then and there. Instapaper is better for the researcher-type who wants to devour what he or she reads and engage the text, while Pocket is better for the social-type who want to engage friends or followers. But for the person who is all these things, you might want to look at these two apps as complementary. Like all things today, we section off pieces of ourselves for different interests, there’s no reason our apps can’t be used in the same way.