Instapaper – the Way to Read It Later

If you’re not familiar with Instapaper, may I suggest you take a moment now to click on that link and get acquainted? Too busy? See, that’s the whole point. Instapaper is for you because you’re too busy — too busy now, at least. It’s a way to lodge the text of an interesting web find in a personal archive so that later, when you do have the time, you’ll be able to read it. It’s free and it’s easy.

And when “later” comes, you can read your saved gems in your computer (iPad, iPod, laptop), of course, or on your Kindle. You can also print out pieces for that special retro experience.

How do you get things into Instapaper? Basically by using a bookmarklet. But lots of sites now have special links to Instapaper, including Slaw. You’ll notice a new little icon — the Instapaper “I” — at the base of all our posts. Click on that to shoot the content to your account. Easy peasy.

So read it later. But read it.


  1. Here’s an alternative to Instapaper, called ReadItLater. Completely cross-platform and cross-browser, whether desktop or mobile, and has a handy Digest feature that gives you a magazine-style layout of your saved pages sorted by topic. You can even train its sort criteria, and once you’ve done that, the algorithm that scans your saved pages is remarkably accurate.