When it doesn’t crack, Read It Later makes reading articles convenient

Sep 1, 2009
Tech

Users of social-networking services such as Twitter and Digg! will find Read It Later very useful, provided the app works long enough. Anyone who has ever paged through various links in e-mails or on Twitter probably has the problem Read It Later is meant to fix; all those articles are interesting, but there’s just not time to read […]

Users of social-networking services such as Twitter and Digg! will find Read It Later very useful, provided the app works long enough.

Anyone who has ever paged through various links in e-mails or on Twitter probably has the problem Read It Later is meant to fix; all those articles are interesting, but there’s just not time to read them all.

The productivity app is great for people in just such a predicament. Any time you’re browsing the Internet, you can bookmark any page and add it to your Reading List. Then fire up Read It Later, pick one of your bookmarked pages and read it at your convenience.

You also can download and save the buttons used to add articles to your reading list on your computer’s browser by logging in at readitlaterlist.com. When you fire up the app, your list is synced from the Internet, adding all your articles to your iPhone. And you can share articles quickly on various social-networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, from right inside Read It Later.

What would be the best features of the app, however, are the ones that work the least often. The option to read articles in text-only mode or in offline, downloaded versions are great ideas, but they very often crash the app altogether. If they worked, they’d be extremely useful.

So long as Read It Later doesn’t crash, it’s very convenient. Perhaps an update will come along to fix the bugs.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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