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Read it Later - Firefox Extension
Read It Later for the iPhone/iPod Just released!I am very excited to announce that Read It Later has come to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
- 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
- Access Anywhere - Manage your list in any browser, on any device
- 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
OverviewThis Firefox extension allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest. A commenter below (Chris) summed it up very well: "It's a 'staging area' for bookmarks."
Jump down after the video for more information.
Version 0.9 Released!The new version of Read It Later for Firefox 3 is now available and hosts a whole new bundle of features. Skip down below the video for what's new!
Video Example: How This Can Be Used with News SitesIf you have a personalized homepage (i.e. Pageflakes or iGoogle) or frequent news sites like (i.e. Digg or CNN), you can quickly scan all of the headlines on the site, saving all links of interest by using the Click to Save mode and saving to your list. When you are done, just start going through your list, uninterrupted. Beats having to go back and forth though-out the site!
How it Came to BeI found that during the day (and especially at work), that I would run into sites and articles that I wanted to read, but couldn't at that time. Mostly, I would just send the link to myself via email, and in the end, they would never get read because I'd lose it in my inbox. I needed a simple way to keep track of the things I wanted to read, but didn't want to bookmark (at least not at first).
Why this HelpsExcluding this plugin, I see two options for creating a list of pages you want to read:
The Old Way:
- You can log the URLs by emailing yourself or writing them in a text file. This is cumbersome and hard to move through or find.
- Bookmark the site in a special tag or folder of 'To-Read-Later'. This works well for keeping your links in a single source, but it is a pain to go in and remove or re-categorize each page after you read it. Also, if you use an online bookmarking service, it means you'll have to login in and go through a few clicks before getting to your list.
The New Way:
- When you come across something you want to read later, simply click the 'Read Later' button and the page is instantly inserted into your reading list.
- Then when you have some free time, just click 'Reading List' and it'll pull up something for you to read.
- When you are finished, click Mark it As Read and it will be removed from your list. If you found what you read to be worth bookmarking, you can use the dropdown under Mark it As Read to add it to your Firefox bookmarks or any online bookmark service such as Del.icio.us.
New Features for Firefox 3The newest version of Read It Later, exclusive to Firefox 3 has been improved across all levels. Using Firefox 3's new Places architecture, the extension can now fully perform the way it was meant to be. Here are some of the best new features.
One Click Saving, Sorting, and TaggingRead 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.