3 Apps for the Articles You Don’t Have Time to Read Now

Read It Later

You stumble upon (or StumbleUpon) an interesting article but don’t have time to read it right then and there. Of course you make a steadfast mental note to go back and read it, but ultimately that imaginary reminder will fail, leaving a gaping void where said brilliant article could have been. And once again technology swoops in to save the day, this time with a collection of clever save-for-later apps to ensure those morsels of knowledge will at some point make their way into your brain. The standard read later function allows users to save articles for on- or offline reading on any of the devices linked to their account, including phone, tablet and computer. Let’s take a look at the specs for three of the most popular bookmarking apps out there, which include the standard functions plus a few of their own bells and whistles.

Pocket app, article saving appsPocket

Free for iOS & Android
App Store Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Google Play Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Formerly known as Read It Later, the recently updated Pocket app is certainly easy on the eyes. Saving an article, image or video on your phone is simple; just hit share via email from your phone’s browser, send the link to [email protected] and the piece is automatically saved to your Pocket account. The app is also available for read later functions on Twitter – just link Pocket to your account under settings (where the app is still listed under Read It Later) and you’ll be able to quickly swipe tweets to save content.

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instapaper app, article saving app


$4.99 for iOS
App Store Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a sleek way to save, read and share articles, Instapaper is the app for you. Instapaper has the standard save-for-later functions, plus a few article-based perks. Use the Find function to browse articles posted by friend on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or the InstaPaper Editor’s Picks. The app also gives users the ability to adjust fonts, text sizes, line spacing and margins within articles, look up terms via dictionary or Wikipedia, tilt to scroll, and share via a variety of social platforms and apps. Instapaper can also be linked to Twitter for the read later function.

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evernote app, article saving app


Free for iOS & Android
App Store Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Google Play Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Evernote has your basic save-for-later features, but its real value is as an organizational tool. Create notes via voice, text or image and these items are all automatically synced and searchable on any of your devices. On a computer, save articles quickly using the Evernote Clipper plugin for your browser. And while it’s a breeze to read pre-saved articles on a mobile device, saving articles from your phone is not so simple. And unfortunately, unlike Pocket and Instapaper, Twitter does not offer Evernote as a read later option. One last handy feature within Evernote is the ability to sync folders with other users for the sake of sharing content, lists, images, etc

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