InstaReader Syncs Starred Google Reader Items To Instapaper

Google Reader's a place to find new stuff to read, and Instapaper's a place where you can stash that stuff for text-focused, mobile-friendly reading. The InstaPaper web service joins the two in automated harmony, syncing starred Reader items to your Instapaper queue.

There's not much to the service to detail, at least if you use it on InstaReader's own servers. Enter your Instapaper credentials, feed it the URL of your Google Reader starred items (while you're signed in), and InstaReader gets to work a little bit later, then re-syncs every few minutes. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, privacy-wise, wait just a bit and the developer promises to have the PHP source code available.

There are a few other Reader-to-Instapaper tools available at InstaReader's site, including a bookmarklet that opens the item currently open in Reader in the Instapaper reading view, and an AppleScript tool for fans of NetNewsWire. Neat stuff, and if you know of other neat Reader or Instapaper hacks, all of us fans of clean and simple reading would love to hear it in the comments.



    This is the option I'm longing for also! Though if I can get this star thing to work, that'll probably work for me, too!

    You don't actually need a third party to do this if you're using the Pro version of the instapaper iphone app.

    Head over to and then go to the Folders and Tags section of your settings. Click on your starred items to make them public (obviously, if you don't want them public, this option isn't going to work for you).

    Once they're public, click on the link "view public page" for your starred items. Email it to yourself or somehow get it on to your iphone, then copy the link.

    Head to the instapaper app, then click the + button to add a new folder. In the website feeds section, click on "Go to a specific site". Paste the address previously entered and when the page loads (it may take a while) click the "Add Folder" button.


    Hm, I think this site may have used my password to access my Gmail, but I'm not absolutely sure. Anyone else had a similar problem?

    None of this should be needed.
    All RSS feeds should be full text, plain text, asp-free, java-free and with a picture only if it adds meaning to content.

    Each year features and data get packaged into smaller and smaller units each with it's own middle man.

    To get an article you need
    RSS + RSS-to-email + email-extract-full-content(Instaper)

    3 steps to *maybe* get a full rss feed without nonsense, and then everybody gets excited because they can waste hours hacking rss feeds to get what should've beed available to them in the first place. The internet is becomming like everything else, infested with money grubbing shmucks - Stallman, save us, before the internet crashes - not because of a bug, but because of money scroungers

    Does anyone know if this service uses your gmail password? It's got me worried, I signed up for it over a year ago and now the website is down so I can't figure out how to cancel it

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