Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Appalicious: InstaPaper

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Gettin E Inky
  • Boise Weekly on the Kindle 3

I bought Amazon's third iteration of the popular Kindle two months ago. Since then, I've read numerous editions of The New York Times, The Atlantic, a book by Mary Roach and texts for a philosophy course. And while the Amazon store delivers these offerings wirelessly via its WhisperNet sync, I found I'd been missing out on something. News online.

The best thing about articles online is the instant clickability to the article, whether it be through RSS feed, Twitter or another service. The worst part is having to bookmark lengthy articles for later. I never go back to read them.

Enter InstaPaper, an online service that leverages the power of the Kindle's fancy-pants E Ink display to save your eyeballs from atrophying in the face of a backlit screen. I no longer have to bookmark articles, "Favorite" tweets or "Save Page As" for reading on the go. Rather, I click an innocuous bookmark labeled "Read Later" in my bookmarks bar, and InstaPaper scoops up the article.

It then takes the text of that article (and the occasional accompanying image) and shoots it to my Kindle account. Simply sign up for InstaPaper and put in the free Amazon delivery e-mail address ("name" and you'll receive your most recent batch of articles when you turn on Wi-Fi. If you're craving an on-the-go delivery, input "name", but this option costs a nickel per megabyte.

The service also allows for exporting docs to the ePub format (similar to Kindle's .mobi filetype) for your Sony Reader or the Barnes & Noble Nook. Or you could go the 20th century route and print to pressed tree pulp (paper). Just don't forget to recycle.

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