Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Read it Later!

image I’ve just installed a new Firefox add-on called Read it Later that looks to be a more robust version of the dead simple bookmarking service Instapaper. As with Instapaper, the idea is to use the service to quickly bookmark a Web site for later reading. The recently updated add-on boasts a ton of interesting features:

  • Save pages to a reading list to read when you have time
  • Offline Reading Mode - Read the items you’ve saved for later on the plane, train, or anywhere
  • RSS Feeds - View your list from anywhere with automatic rss feeds of your items
  • Sync Between Computers - Sync your reading list with any number of computers, work or home
  • After reading, bookmark pages on your preferred bookmarking service
  • Click to Save Mode - Quickly batch a reading list just by clicking on interesting links

What intrigued me most is the promise of tight integration with Firefox.

Read It Later’s interface tightly integrates with Firefox 3’s new bookmarking system. Along side the ‘one-click bookmark’ star on the Firefox location bar, Read It Later shows up as a simple checkmark. Click to instantly save the current page to your list, click it again to mark it as read.

Power users will find that clicking the star next to the red checkmark allows you to use Firefox 3’s tagging system to tag the items in your Reading List. These tags can be used to filter your reading list for quick searching and organization.

You can pull up your reading list by clicking the down arrow on the main Read It Later button. From here you can flip through your entire list to find something to read. To help find something specific you can sort your list by date added, site, and title. If you need to do some cleaning up, you can easily mass mark items as read by unchecking them from your list.

It sounds awfully impressive. Also, the ability to maintain multiple reading list (e.g., one for work, one for home) and sync them both to a third computer…well that could be supremely useful.

I’ve not really put the site through its paces yet, but I’m excited to give it a go.

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