A “read later” list is an essential productivity tool. Sending articles to a separate app for later reading keeps you focused when you’re at work, and gives you something productive to do on your phone during downtime. But it’s easier to save an article than to read it, so stories on “read later” lists (like in the apps Instapaper and Pocket) tend to pile up. Here are three different strategies for getting through your reading list, and the tools to execute them.
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It will come as no surprise that, as the editor of a website devoted to productivity, I'm obsessive about refining the details of my tech life to be certain every element is helping me get the job done. While I have software that I swear by (WriteRoom, Deckset, Evernote), I'm more of an evangelist for browser extensions.
My favourite Chrome extensions are lightweight, easy-to-install and usually free, but the effect they have on my productivity is profound. These are the extensions that I love most fervently and recommend most frequently.
I usually have about 90 articles in my Instapaper, and I’m OK with that. I get around to articles a month after everyone stopped talking about them. I look through my queue like it’s a ten-page diner menu, ignoring certain articles for weeks until I finally decide to read or delete.
It could be worse; once I had 500 unread articles. But if your reading list bums you out—if you wish you could declare bankruptcy on Pocket or Instapaper—then you should try the new competitor, Reading Queue.
Stuck on a packed subway with no room to wrangle an actual book, I'll often pull out my smartphone to catch up on articles I've saved in my Pocket reading app. Unfortunately, being unsure whether it's a 400 or 14,000-word article means that fate dictates whether or not I finish what I'm reading before I'm off the train and walking to work.
Today, Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, has announced that it has acquired the popular bookmarking service, Pocket.
Pocket, one of our favourite "read later" apps, has long been free to use without any ads. Starting soon, however, sponsored content will be showing up among your posts unless you're a premium user.
Pocket is one of our favourite services for saving articles to read later. Today, the service has introduced a Recommended section with content customised to your saving and reading habits.
iOS: Pocket's new share extension in iOS is an awesome way to quickly save an article from any app. Finer Things in Tech also noticed that you can tag those articles if you're fast enough.
We've long been fans of Pocket, the bookmarking service that allows you to save stuff to read or watch later. Now, Pocket has added Highlights, an update that scans your saves and highlights the content most likely to interest you. We chatted with Pocket's founder Nate Weiner about the app's newest feature.
It's often hard to set aside time to read all the interesting articles you encounter during the day, which is why bookmarking services designed to maintain a 'read later' list have become so competitive. Today we're looking at the most popular three and pitting them against one another: Pocket, Instapaper and Readability. Here's how they stack up.