Instapaper is definitely one of Jacobito Design’s favorites of 2008. This easy to use bookmarking tool is perfect for those who don’t have time to read every web page visited, but due to a special interest, need to read at a later time.
How do I get it?
Instapaper is super easy to set up and free! First, you want to go to www.instapaper.com and register to set up an account. You’ll want to give Instapaper either a login or email address to set up the account (It’s advised to enter your email just in case you forget your login at a later date). Once you have done this, you’ll be directed to your account page that prompts you to drag the “Read Later” icon button to your bookmarks bar. This way next time you’re on a page that you want to read later, just click the “Read Later” icon and it will be added to your Instapaper reading list… Super easy huh? We also advise that you bookmark the actual account page next to your “Read Later” icon.
What makes this different from just bookmarking a page for later?
If you’re like Jacobito Design and you read a ton online, it’s not necessarily conducive to just bookmark everything you want to read online. First of all the bookmark bar only has so much spatial room to have folders and bookmarks. Second, you may forget where you put that bookmark. Lastly, Instapaper gives you an account page to sift through pages you have selected to read later. This keeps your bookmark bar free from clutter and unnecessary bookmarks.
Is there an organizational system within?
Yes! Instapaper is great for organizing the pages you have come across, so you can easily find and read any subject your little heart desires. You can organize folders per subject. You can star pages you’ve read, so you can either trash those pages or archive them for later. Instapaper makes organizing your tangled digital web a snap.
Is there an app for that?
Oh yea!!! iPhone does have an app for that. It costs $5 dollars and works just like your account page, only in an iPhone-friendly format. This app is especially handy while waiting at the doctor’s office, commuting in mass transit, or whenever you feel you have a little down time.
We at Jacobito Design highly recommend Instapaper. It’s made our lives easier and we can’t tell you how many minutes it’s saved us in keeping up to date with what’s going on in the tangled web we weave.