Best bookmarking apps to organize content and read it later
Accordingly, we’ve put together this list of twelve services, and have tried to sum up each one’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, you’ll find something in here that will fit in with your needs nicely.
Best Read It Later Apps – Top 5
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Pocket has the benefit of being compatible with a number of platforms. You can access your saved content and multimedia via the web at any time, or use the dedicated iOS and Android applications to read it later. Likewise, it syncs very nicely with the Kobo eBook reader, and has a dedicated Firefox add-on for saving content from your browser, too.
The service also shines thanks to its versatile tagging system, which allows users to tag and bookmark content under a number of different categories. For those of you who are looking for a serious, long-term solution to saving content for later use, you’ll do well to find a better option than Pocket.
Instapaper is somewhat less impressive on the cross-compatibility front than its main competitor, the aforementioned Pocket. However, it does provide an environment more suited to serious reading. Instapaper provides a wide variety of font options, inline commenting and text highlighting capabilities, and kindle compatibility. As is standard, Instapaper comes for both iOS and Android devices.
One drawback for Instapaper – depending on your personal preference – is that its archiving system relies on folders rather than tagging. This means that each saved article will need to be put into its own dedicated folder, rather than allowing you to assign multiple tags to it. This may be a problem for those of you who like to file things as accurately as possible.
3. Pinpoint Bookmarking
Pinpoint Bookmarking™ by Enemy Tree is the first read-it-later app that allows users to bookmark exactly where they have left off reading in iOS devices. Whether it’s an online article, web book, or content within hundreds of apps, their patent pending technology allows you to mark down to the letter, word, or even punctuation mark where you have left off reading. For $1.99 in the iOS App Store, you can put an end to re-reading or staring at the screen trying to figure out what you’ve seen or haven’t seen!
Pinpoint Bookmarking™ creates a centralized location for all bookmarked material, whether it’s pinpoint bookmarked or standard bookmarked. To filter through your cache of bookmarked content, they’ve built a search feature, which allows you to look for specific content by title or URL. Finally, the app allows you to highlight text and share it, whether to text, email or a social media platform. It even includes a URL of the source.
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Readability does its best to provide the same kind of all-encompassing solution as Pocket and Instapaper. It succeeds in this – thanks to a dedicated Chrome add-on, iOS and Android apps, a desktop client, and even the support the service has received from a wide variety of other tools. These include Flipboard, Tweetbot, and the iCab mobile browser.
However, if Readability sounds like the kind of service that would suit your needs, I wouldn’t get too excited. The service has announced that it will shut down at the end of the September 2016 due to a lack of demand from users.
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Mac OS users will definitely want to check out ReadKit. This OS X-specific tool beautifully consolidates feeds from Instapaper, Pocket, Feedly, Delicious, individual RSS feeds, and other sources. Additionally, it features a wealth of customization options, including font and formatting options as well as the ability to enjoy and read content in its original or stripped-down form. However, you’ll be restricted to using it on your Mac computer, which will doubtlessly prove problematic for some users. View current website.
6. Safari Reading List
Safari’s native Reading List functionality (visit website) can be found in both the desktop and iOS implementations of the web browser. The Read it Later List is much more rudimentary than purpose-specific services like Instapaper and Pocket. However, it does provide a very simple to use way to save content for later reading. Like other Read It Later apps, it also features a very competent Reader function which will allow users to view only the articles they wish to read, while eliminating any superfluous surrounding content.
7. Facebook Save
Facebook’s Save feature (visit website) is a very simple way to chronologically tag content you see in your feed for later viewing. For instance, you can save a link or photo your friend shares (or virtually any other kind of shareable content, really) for future reference. Once saved for later viewing, you can view the content either using the desktop or mobile based versions of the site. You can also then share the content to your own friends list, archive it, or send it as a private message, as you see fit.
Facebook Save is by no means going to be a comprehensive read-it-later solution, as it doesn’t provide a way to easily bookmark external content. Additionally, it isn’t available offline. However, for casual use among people who access Facebook regularly, it is likely to provide some convenience.
8. Send To Kindle
Send to Kindle (visit website) makes sharing content to your Kindle device particularly easy. Amazon have created a variety of solutions for this platform, including extensions for Chrome and Firefox, operating system implementations for PC and Mac (so that you can send content direct from your file explorer), an Android program, and even options for content authors to add to their website. If you’re someone who loves to use either their Kindle, or the dedicated tool, this is most likely the best solution you can hope for in terms of conveniently saving content for later use.
One particularly unique way to catch up on content is Flipboard, a tool which curates a magazine-like interface through which you can catch up on the content you’re most interested in. Free software for both iOS and Android devices exist, and both allow for users to catch up on web-based content, as well as photo sharing services, social media, and more. Simply add your favorite news sources, and then enjoy flipping through your content stream for easy access to whatever piques your interest.
10. Evernote with EverClip
Evernote has been gaining support from satisfied users for a few years now. This is mainly thanks to its ability to intuitively clip selected text and media portions from web pages and save them for later viewing. The EverClip add-on provides even more options to users of the service, including enhanced clipboard functionality. It will automatically save data stored to the clipboard, as well as offer options to search, share, and translate anything you clip from the web. Evernote is going to be particularly useful for people who would like to use external content for work or study purposes, as the ability to use specific content is a fairly unique capability.
11. Reeder 3
Reeder is an iOS and OS X-based solution to save and read content later. It bears some similarity to Readkit, in that they both have very aesthetically pleasing interfaces. However, Reeder not only has a mobile component, but also focuses more on integrating basic RSS feed compatibility. For those of you seeking a read it later app in a more traditional vein, Reeder is highly recommended.
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The company which owns Pinterest recently purchased Instapaper, but they also provide their own unique article pinning tool. This means that users of Pinterest can easily tag content which is either shared through the platform, or external content which features Pinterest integration (such as the numerous WordPress plugins that support it).
While it’s not a serious competitor to the dedicated read-it-later solutions on this list, it should do for casual browsers of the web, especially those who already regularly use the service. Plus, it will work with Pinterest for iOS and Android, as well as the desktop site, meaning that it’s also one of the most versatile options here in terms of accessing content.
Pinboard provides a reliable bookmarking service which prides itself on its versatile tagging system and simplicity. Unfortunately, it is not the most accessible service, as it does not provide dedicated apps. This means that iOS and Android users will need to use the mobile version of the site if they wish to access content on the go. Even though this works well enough, it can’t match the convenience of a tailor-made solution.
On the upside, it does offer the ability to archive copies of all pages you bookmark for just $11 per year. Likewise, the above-mentioned clever and versatile tagging system makes cataloguing thousands of bookmarks particularly intuitive.
Best Read It Later Apps 2017 – Conclusion
Ultimately, the best service is always going to be the one which fits into your lifestyle as neatly as possible. For the vast majority of people, a tried-and-true service like Pocket should offer comprehensive enough options for keeping track of all of your favorite blogs, but the more tech-minded may find Pinboard’s minimalist – and, consequently, very versatile – interface more suited to their needs. On the other hand, Evernote’s ability to clip content will likely be a game-changer for many. Let us know your thoughts.
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