The Reading Festival
8 awesome reading hacks to help you catch up on that backlog
The New Yorker just opened up its archives – every article they’ve published since 1997 is going to be free for the next three months. But let’s face it – no matter how much reading you can get done at the beach or on your commute, there’s no way you’re going to get through it all. These tools can help.
With 11 million users, Pocket was the first (and probably the most well-known) read-it-later app. It’s easy to use and integrates with more than 300 apps. It’s free, too. But for $4.99 a month you can upgrade to premium, which saves permanent copies of articles. So even if the web changes, you can still access your reading list.
Often mentioned in the same sentence as its rival (see above), Instapaper offers the same usability and convenience of Pocket, but with more visual options and a prettier interface. It also lets you follow your friends, to see what they’re reading, and it has Editor’s Picks to help you discover articles you may not have otherwise seen. The app will cost you $3.99 for iOS, but you can try Instapaper for free on their website.
Readability doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but its quiet simplicity appeals to those who just want to get reading. Though it doesn’t integrate with as many apps as Pocket and Instapaper, it covers the basics and does the job right.
With direct integration into Instapaper, Readquick takes those long-form articles and presents them to you one word at a time. The more you use it, the faster you can go, training your brain to retain more information at upwards of 500 words per minute.
Spritzlet is a browser app that allows for similar speed with a simpler style. Just click the icon to read the whole page or highlighted text. You can manually adjust your reading speed to find one that’s right for you.
Evernote users rejoice. Though it doesn’t support audio or video, you can easily add theEvernote Clearly extension to your browser for articles and blog posts. Just click the Evernote icon to save whatever you’re reading for later, on any device hooked up to Evernote.
Of course, no idea would be a great idea if Facebook didn’t replicate it. Expanding into the read-it-later market, Facebook has added a “Save” feature to links on its site and apps, allowing users to, well, read it later. It only just launched, so we’ll see if it proves any real threat to the other dedicated apps.
Now go forth (and get reading).
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