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Ask the Readers: How Do You Snag and Store Articles for Later Reading?

Thanks to a dizzying array of content providers you’ll never want for something to read–the problem is finding a free moment to do so. This week we want to know you snag, clip, or otherwise grab articles to enjoy later.

It’s all too easy to come across something interesting you would like to read but you don’t have time at that moment to enjoy it. How do you deal with it? A simple bookmark? Emailing it to yourself? Clipping it with a web-clipping tool? However you save things, store them, and read them later–be that on your computer screen or ebook reader–we want to hear all about it.

Sound off in the comments with your tips, tricks, and article reading workflow, then check back on Friday for the What You Said roundup.

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/23/12

Comments (99)

  1. fleamour

    I find Google Reader seems to work.

  2. barcaxavi

    Pocket (formerly ReadItLater) is the best for this.

  3. maydaypc

    send to pdf print driver, soyou have the PDF of the article, read it anytime you want

  4. 4ensicPenguin2

    Evernote with a ToRead folder

  5. snowing

    I use the shortcut “s” in Google Reader to save it to Starred Items. When I have more free time, I read my starred items, and un-star the ones I read but don’t find really interesting.

  6. dboftlp

    Pocket (formerly ReadItLater) won.
    I was trying out both ReadItLater and Readability, but when Pocket “grew up” it took the cake.

  7. tyler78

    Scrapbook.(https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/scrapbook/) It’s best to store locally I think.

  8. Tabby

    I use Evernote and google reader. Usually Google reader if I want to subscribe to a feed, and then evernote if I just want to save a particular article or website to save for later.

  9. Chuck

    I use Readability. I encounter news in one of two ways: (1) Google Reader, and (2) individual links (shared, stumbled on, etc.). I use Google Reader in the browser on my PC and in Mr. Reader on my iPad. For the Google Reader links in the browser, I run a custom link that I added manually to the “Send To” options (http://www.readability.com/save?url=${url}), and Mr. Reader has a send-to option for Readability built in. For individual links in the browser I use the Chrome Readibility plugin that uses the “Shift+~” hot key to add an article to my Readability list, or just “~” to open it directly in Readability.

  10. Chuck

    Here’s the outcome of the “~” in the Readability extension in Chrome…
    http://www.readability.com/articles/vgkysvst

  11. Alan

    I use Readability.com. It works just great.

  12. Asgaro

    I have dedicated bookmark folders, seperated by each “purpose” an URL has. Because that greatly influences the time you spend on an URL ;)
    My folders are:
    - To watch (Youtube links, etc)
    - Articles to read (pure text)
    - To do (trying software, etc)
    - Sites to research (sites I want to explore completely)

  13. Rick

    A combination of Google Reader for feeds, Pocket for non-feed articles, and then Evernote (usually in conjunction with Clearly to clean them up) for articles I want to file away and save.

  14. jnorrisdesign

    I use Readability.com – works great and has a sleek interface.

  15. billymort

    Using evernote with a default notebook called read later.

  16. jeeepers

    OneNote 2007: Have many “how to” computer articles saved as hyperlinks for easy retrieval in case of emergency (system crash, image restore, etc..)

  17. KB Prez

    I use CUTEPDF to create a copy in PDF format.

  18. TheRedBull

    Pocket (formerly ReadItLater), Evernote, and Asana

    I use the Pocket plugins for my browsers to quickly save the page. I use Evernote to further archive the articles that I want to have accessible or that I make into actionable items. I go one step further to actually manage the action items by setting up projects in Asana.

  19. TomT

    - to read later, but not to keep: drag favicon to desktop to create a ‘Web Scrap’

    - to keep: PDF print driver or FireShot capture

    Additional tip:
    - create a new ‘Web Scraps’ folder on the Desktop
    - drag the above created Web Scrap into this folder, clearing the Desktop
    - Right Click the TaskBar > ‘Toolbars’ > Create New Toolbar > ‘Web Scraps’ folder
    - a new ‘Web Scraps’ toolbar is created at the TaskBar’s right side with a ‘>>’ next to it
    - just click ‘>>’ and choose the link you want to open
    enjoy it

    Opening the ‘Web Scraps’ folder in it’s window is also a great way to find, by name or date, what’s there
    (but remember to clean this folder regularly; otherwise it’s a ‘hoarding room’)

  20. Sean Workman

    Google Reader. I’ve been a part of a podcast for over four years now and I star articles all week long that are related to the topic of our show (Video games; particularly the PlayStation platforms) and then when it’s time to write the agenda, I just go back through the last weeks’ starred articles, read them, and compile our agenda from those topics. It’s worked really well and after 184 weekly episodes, it would SERIOUSLY affect my mojo if I had to come up with another way to handle this. The mobile app and the web app are always available to be whether I’m sitting at my desk, waiting to pick up the kids, getting ready to hop into bed, I’ve always got time to mark that last 10-20 articles as “read” so all the stuff posted overnight and in earlier timezones than I’m in show up as new when I wake up. While I’m sure any other competent RSS reader would work, I love that these are cloud based, reliable, and completely interchangeable.

    While there is definitely room for improvement, I’d be surprised if someone told me of a solution better suited for my needs than Google Reader.

    Tiny plug for our podcast (if allowed): http://tinyurl.com/brbblu

  21. LadyFitzgerald

    It may sound overly involved and primitive to most of you but I usually copy and paste the article into a Word doc. That way I can access it even if I’m not connected to the internet. If the article is one I want to keep, I’ll clean up the formatting (and, sadly all too frequently, grammar, sentence structure, and spelling) and, if I plan on reading it on my e-book reader, use Adobe Acrobat to convert it to PDF (my e-book reader won’t read Word docs). I park the results on my desktop (the desktop on my computer is a huge parking lot) until I’m finished with them, then either delete or save them somewhere (hard drive space is cheap so I usually save things).

    Online order conformations and receipts I send directly to PDF. Even though a virtual printer is faster for making PDFs (I have two installed on my computers for PDFs although I rarely use them), I prefer the control I get from Adobe Acrobat and usually use it for making the PDFs. Since one of my bank accounts doesn’t have an option for electronic statements, I generate an online statement, copy and paste it into a Word doc, edit out the print date and replace it with the month of the statement, then convert it to PDF. I could just scan the monthly statement but it’s always a two pager with a lot of repetitous data that isn’t really needed and makes reading it harder so I find the generated statement easier to use and generate. My other accounts I can directly download as PDFs (don’t equate the number of of accounts as weath; some are credit accounts).

    Graphics I usually can just right click and save. If I have a choice of sizes to download, I always download the largest one; I can always reduce it later, if need be, but increasing size loses resolution.

    In the rare cases I’m unable to download text or a graphic, I use MW Snap 3 to take a screen shot of what I want. It has the advantage of saving directly to a file (of which I have choices of file type) instead of the clipboard and I can either draw a box around the area I want to copy or select a fixed size box to frame the area to be copied. It’s much more versatile than the Print Screen option in Windoze.

    For just small bits of info, I just copy and paste it into a virtual post it note on my desktop. I can either use the info directly later or I can harvest the accumulated bits into a Word doc. It’s a faster than using Word or even a text editor. It’s biggest downside is it won’t accept graphics.

  22. Wayne Dixon

    I use google reader to go through the feeds and then if I really want to read something later I send it to Instapaper.

  23. TechGeek01

    I use Pocket on my laptop and rooted Kindle Fire (now an Android tablet) in order to save articles. I also use Google Reader to look at some RSS feeds. Infact, this site is one of those feeds. Then, on top of that, and probably the most impressive, is Dropbox. I use wappwolf.com to convert and send PDFs to my Kindle Fire.

  24. LD

    I tend to get a passing interest in a topic. Then I start bookmarking articles pertaining to that topic. Then at some point I dig in and read everything I’ve got.

    For this I categorize my bookmarks in firefox, and use xmarks to sync them between all pcs

  25. Tony

    Whenever this discussion is raised, Pocket, Readability, and Instapaper arise as answers. I feel like Pocket is in a totally different category. To me it feels like Pocket should be battling it out with bookmark services.

    Pocket for me is for things I want to read later when later is a one time surface scan. Readability is for things that really capture my interest and I want to spend more time understanding. Items from Pocket may get promoted to permanent bookmarks in my browser. Items from Readability may get promoted to a notebook in Springpad.

  26. Tony

    I also use the “Save For Later” feature in Feedly. Mostly for saving items from image feeds, but for text as well. If an article pops up in my feed and I don’t feel like opening it right then, I save it for later. If I do open it and read just a bit of it, it will go to Pocket or Readability according to the strategy detailed in my prior comment.

  27. Alex Droner

    I use Readability.

  28. Anonymous

    Let me first say I hate Microsoft Office!!! I avoid it like the plague and have always been successful whenever having to deal with the occasional Office dummy who’s been brain washed into relying on it. That said, I use Open Office / Libre Office which is free! (Hey! Did you hear me? I SAID FREE!!!)

    Unlike Microsoft Office which only recently started making PDF’s exportable, Open Office / Libre Office has always been able to save/export documents in PDF format. And so, that’s what I use to snag articles with. I just highlight whatever I want by either cutting or copying and then pasting into an empty Open Office Writer document. I Just make sure to export as a PDF rather than save as a regular document and bang! I’m done! And now that PDF can go with me to anywhere a PDF can be read.

    And as far as PDF readers are concerned, I don’t use Adobe Reader either. I’m not into security nightmares or bloatware – Microsoft and Adobe are doing just fine as far as that’s concerned. There are better PDF readers like Foxit, Sumatra or even Google’s own Chrome web browser with built in PDF reading abilities. And that’s just for starters!

    I can’t tell you how much it irks me to see someone say how much they love paying for NOTHING! Products like Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader are at the top of my hit list. Most people who tell me they use those products almost always pay a lot of money and get absolutely nothing but headaches. It’s even worse when you consider that they could have got a better product somewhere else for free. And yes, I know Adobe’s Reader is free, but when you consider all the bloat and security issues I say it isn’t – you paid something!

  29. Mehrad

    I use Google Reader Create Tag with read it later name and move atticle to

  30. Ben

    Pocket with Crofflr to automatically send weekly digests to my kindle

  31. Jack

    Firefox Add-on Print Edit

  32. buddy

    evernote

  33. Mik

    As a Firefox user, I’ve stopped using bookmarks for everything, as it just wasn’t usable. Equally I’ve given up on CutePDF, which I only use for receipts. I used to use ScrapBook, but it became too large to store locally, though it’s the only add-on I’ve donated to, it’s that good.

    Now I convert pages using Tidyread, because it has a better layout than Readability, (but you need to disable compatibility check in about:config) and then I save pages as single ‘mht’ files using Mozilla Archive Format. If the article is not a priority, I drag the Favicon from the address bar over to a folder (producing a shortcut) to archive later.

    I’ve not tried Evernote or Instapaper, but use Google Reader daily. Archiving is a much neglected area of computing, and the mainstay of activity, so I was glad to compare notes with others, thanks for bringing it up.

  34. Ollie

    For anything suitable for reading on my Kindle, I use Instapaper. For anything else (i.e., pages with videos on, or pages I might want to download something from), Read It Later (as the Firefox extension is still called). Anything I want to keep after reading it usually goes into Evernote.

  35. Carlos Ferrari

    I really can’t understand why people need all those apps for that…
    I just created a folder on my browser, called it ‘Later’ and that’s it, I’ll bookmark everything interesting there.
    Easy peasy. 8)

  36. Selva

    I use GetPocket ( formerly known as readitlater)

  37. sucotronic

    My Kindle and the ‘send to kindle’ bookmark is the best way to read things later :)

  38. Manu

    i often do later reading OFFLINE, so I use Jolliprint to print the article to a pdf file.

  39. Manu

    edit: its JOLIPRINT. :) from joliprint.com

  40. TC

    I find that I never come back to read an article that I’ve tagged in some way. If I actually read an article and want to save it, I use Evernote.

  41. Ronnie

    Pocket!

  42. Ashwin Nanjappa

    Pocket.

  43. Frank

    +1 for CutePDF – I no longer have a printer, so have CutePDF as my default printer option, so I just hit Ctrl-P on a webpage and it creates a saveable PDF version. Of I just save the webpage as HTML-only (I think I set that as default – I forget how), so it doesn’t create subfolders full of gif files of whatnot – and they can often be smaller and faster than CutePDF, so it depends …

    I have EverNote add-on for Firefox installed but haven’t really used it – just tried – Clip Article, URL, or Full Page – clicked all several times – nothing seemed to happen, nothing saved, no obvious options – meh – c ya later – or not !

  44. tommy2rs

    On the rare occasions I want to read something from the web later I just copy to a text file. All meat, no fluff (as in pics and sidebar crap).

  45. dragonbite

    I use “Email This!” (Firefox extension) or “Send from Gmail” (Chrome extension) to easily email the link to the article, and any snippit I highlight on the page beforehand, to myself.

    I can edit the subject to put down some reason WHY I think it is interesting too. I can also send it to other people if I think they would like it too.

    Then my GMail account is told to put a label on it when it comes from myself and I can either leave it in my mailbox or archive it and go back to it later.

  46. PaulW

    websites clip to Evernote. PDF docs routed to Evernote. I can read then in Evernote on Desktop or Android Phone.

  47. true911

    I’m surprised it hasn’t been mentioned, but I use Delicious. Probably similar in concept to Pocket, but the key thing for me is that it’s available on all of my platforms. Usually I mark something during the day (“rd” tag) then go back to read it later on my tablet, where it’s all waiting for me. Stuff I find important in the mix I either email back or print to PDF at that point.

  48. cccarpenter

    Open Word, copy, paste, Save To ‘Articles to Read.’ Read when ever. Send to other device to read where and when ever. Delete if desired. Its only kilobytes.

  49. Frank Verano

    LadyFitzgeralds has the right idea. Most people have WP software. I carry her ideas further. I have a folder in My Documents called Tutorial with many subheadings. Whatever I copy and paste into a WP (usualy MS Word) is filed under one of many headings in Tutorial to save it permanently for studying or to temporarily store for later reading. Besides the simple copy and paste I also have software to isolate (copy) only what I want wherever it is and store it temporarily for use in my newsletter or for keeping it for further study.

    Here is an interesting side note: I am 94 years old and you have no idea how amazed I am how much technology has advanced or evolved over these 94 years (from a house with no electricity, no running water, no fuel or trash collection and “no nothing” to what I have now enabling me to reach out to the whole world from my small office in a modern house.)

  50. Bob Royal

    Ever note, works great. Sync capability allows me to use IPhone or other device to read when I have a few moments.

  51. Marios Hadjimichael

    I use google reader to receive news from many sources, and bookmark (categorized: to read, to watch, to do) the articles I want to view in-depth.
    Lately my google reader is “flooded” by similar articles regarding the same news. I urgently need a reader that “auto-groups” articles based on their content/subject!

  52. GeekBrit

    Clipboard.com has a Clipper that can capture most web page text or rectangular regions including images and formatting. I can choose to share the captured content or just keep it in my folder, and the tagging/search schemes help me keep content organized.

    I use it for snipping “howto” articles, news, cool images and lolcats. (Of course).

  53. Cyndi25

    Evernote and Pocket. Pocket for video, Evernote doesn’t capture video in the note, but my heart belongs to Evernote.

  54. William

    Joliprint and Evernote

  55. Rick Z

    I have tried 4 or 5 ways to save articles for later reading. The most useful by far is ‘Readability’ which is a browser addon. One button will strip out extraneous material (ie:ads, etc) and display a clean copy. One more button and you can store it for later reading in your ‘Readability’ account, print it out, or the best part is, you can send it to your Kindle so that you are not tethered to your PC. I couldn’t live without it.

  56. StevenTorrey

    Microsoft word has a “microsoft office edit” which puts the webpage into ‘my documents’ folder. I put it into ‘page’ view, take out extaraneous nonesense from the webpage, put a source page–website, authors, date– in the ‘header’ and save it as document. (That’s an important step for accessing the original and for insuring that should I quote from the article or cite the article, I know the original source. Plagiarism being as important a consideration as giving proper credit.) There’s only a few article I have done this for. But then it becomes part of my library on the computer, so, while time consuming, it’s very handy .

  57. Thomas Molloy

    I use the Read Later add-on in Firefox. Easy to use and the link is available to me anywhere I can use Firefox.

  58. UltimatePSV

    I usually just e-mail myself a link to an interesting article.

  59. Funkus

    RE: KB Prez
    “I use CUTEPDF to create a copy in PDF format.”
    Me too .. (Save a tree) ..

  60. Darren

    SENDtoREADER and my Kindle

    With the Readability and Instapaper bookmarklets, you have to be logged into your account. The SENDtoREADER bookmarklet is unique and doesn’t require you to be logged in.

    I have separate bookmarklets for each of our kindles in the bookmark toolbar. If I want to send an article to my wife’s kindle, I just click on the appropriate bookmarklet. When I was using Instapaper, I’d have to log out of my account and into her’s, and then send it.

    My brother and I send articles to each other using the same technique, even though we don’t have access to each other’s SENDtoREADER accounts.

  61. jhowley

    Evernote with Evernote browser add on Web Clipper and a “to be read” folder.

  62. Alec

    If I want to save article /webpage to read it offline (cause I only use wifi at workplace) , which application should I use?

  63. SamF

    If it is a single document or an article I uaually just copy to a Rich Text Document and paste to a FOLDER which contains sub folders for various subjects. If it is something I will follow up on I will bookmark it (with a hyperlink in the RTF as well). I also have a “Fenced Area” on my desktop for web links where I save web pages that I frequent which works well for me. Also I email myself some documents, especially those with graphics or pictures which cannot be transferred in an RTF.

  64. Ben

    I just bookmark them in a folder called “Today”. That’s the magic of Sign-In-To-Chrome, it doesn’t matter where I am when I have that spare minute.

  65. LadyFitzgerald

    @ Frank Verano. I also store articles I’ve captured from the web that I’m going to keep (which is most of them) in My Documents only I don’t limit myself to a single folder with sub folders. Rather, they go into various folders (many of which have sub folders) according to the topic of the article. That way, if I want to dredge up data on a certain topic, I can find it all in the same place.

    Btw, I’m only 63 and I’m amazed by the advance of technology in the comparatively short time I’ve been around. You go, man!

  66. Master Mind

    Google Reader.

    Those who use it know what I’m talking about

  67. CArey V

    Almost always… OneNote. I tried Evernote and I like the interface of OneNote way better. If the article comes in a pdf you can simply drag the pdf into OneNote so it is filed there. It’s simply beautiful.

  68. 10i

    I print to PDF using PDF Creator (ww.pdfforge.com) then store it in a folder in my Dropbox so I can read it on my desktop, laptop or phone.

  69. kathleen

    I either print to OneNote 2010 which keeps the original website and all hyperlinks as active links or use OneNote 2010′s linked notes feature for things that I’m not concerned about disappearing from the web. I used to use bookmarks and favorites but that got out of hand and if the article “moved,” they I could not find it anymore. OneNote also allows me to grab pieces of pages and keeps the links live, if I cannot print to OneNote.

    I sync my OneNote with my skydrive and that syncs with my OneNote apps on my Android devices so I can read and find things with the great search function of OneNote.

  70. shelly

    I use Instapaper. Very handy tool.
    http://www.instapaper.com/u

  71. Danny

    What I do depends on where I am and what it is.
    In short, I either put a link into a draft email in my gmail account, or I drop it on the bookmarks toolbar.
    Which I do depends on where I am and what the website is.
    If I find a video, or game, or bewbs, I drag it into the toolbar at home, or stick it in the email whilst in the office.
    If it’s a lot of text, I drag it into the toolbar at the office, or stick it in the email whilst at home.

    The moment I’m done with it, I delete it.
    It’s very quick and very tidy.

  72. Bruce H. Johnson

    Using FireFox. Have both “Clippable” (preferred) and Readability which trim off the sidebars.

    If I want to save the links, then can save as .mht (extension UnMHT). Otherwise, print to PDF with PDFCreator.

  73. LadyFitzgerald

    While I will bookmark articles and websites with useful info, I also download, copy and paste to Word, use virtual post it notes, take screen shots, etc. ASAP since websites are ephemeral and that data could disappear at any time.

  74. jerryb

    I use “ClipCashe. Just hi lite what one wishes to save, cut, and its stored to be used in
    anyway one wishes.

  75. John

    Save it with Mozilla Archive Format, http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mozilla-archive-format/ for later browsing, even if the page gets old and is removed

  76. zidnod

    I copy the article and paste it in to TreePad. Where I can organize the information in to categories.

  77. R J Sheppard

    I’ve been doing it for years and I’ve snagged a large amount of articles for later reference (this is one of my main sites) and I copy and paste each article (for my own use) into a Word document. I use and would use it more if I could get the hang of it. Word is so easy to use at this point, that I think I’ll stick to it.

  78. R J Sheppard

    …….sorry in my previous post I said if I could get the hang of using Evernote I’d use it more…….

  79. RA

    I’m currently using Pocket, but Readability is good too and has built-it Kindle sending.

  80. Jack Lg

    I use Read Later Fast. It works both in Firefox and Chrome. Very handy and fast. Simply right click the URL of the article, Menu pops up with an attention getting red arrow, Click the arrow or Read Later entry, off it goes to another folder. Pin that folder to your tab bar and it’s always there. You can find Read Later Fast in the extensions list for Chrome and/or Firefox. Don’t know about EI; never use it.

    I subscribe to a LARGE number of article filled daily news and computer websites and to move each article up to the tab bar, read it, delete and go back to the website is not very convenient. Right click the article you want to read and ‘Read Later’ in the menu and it sits in a list for later reading. So after you’ve finished with the daily input of article emails from the websites you subscribe to, go off to the Read Later tab, open it and read all the stuff that caught your interest. Even has an archive function if you want to save the article to refer to later.

  81. Code Zero

    Pocket (formerly ReadItLater) and Evernote web clipper are the best.

  82. Kelly

    Google reader – I star the items to read later; if I am in google+, I share a post to a blank circle I created called g+marks

  83. brumm

    Bookmarks, and for some rare articles i use screenshot addon. because i can grab only the article excluding adds and comments. also creating pdf is very useful too.

  84. Bhushit

    I clip it via Evernote Clipper then read it when at home on my iPad.

  85. Jeffrey C. Apparius

    I’ve read newspapers for over 40 years and also have quite a home library. Occationally, newspaper articles deal with either the subject of a book or the author of a book in my library. After reading the article, I cut it out and file it in a related book.

  86. Maggie

    I use BullZip PDF printer and save in articles folder. i can read it anytime even when i’m offine.

  87. Arun

    I use online bookmarking tool called zukmo…

  88. aMOEBa

    I use Readability and Pocket. I was always thrown into a dilemma anytime I had to save some article (I do that a lot) for later. But since read it later was rebranded to Pocket, I hardly use Readability. Readability is awesome anyway, it is also catching up. I like the idea of being able to organise your articles into a reading list and publish.

  89. ionesagem

    There was a time I would email the link to myself but I now just bookmark (Google). Can’t wait to see what other’s do as I find that I bookmark quite a bit of material!!

  90. Doug.S

    I use (depending on situation and need) favorites links (organized in folders), print to .pdf, or OneNote…or a combo of them with OS links

  91. Alex

    special bookmarks folder for things to read later or projects I’d like to take a look at

  92. Brian

    Before the Internet I clipped magazine and newspaper articles, marked them up and stored them in vertical files. Now, for most articles or webpages worth reading, I print to PDF, use a markup capable PDF reader to highlight and add comments, then store the PDFs in computer folders by subject. I organize by subject rather than format so the subject folders can contain documents, photos, and video and audio recordings.

    For converting web pages to PDF, the browser bookmarklet from printfriendly.com usually works well. For PDF reading and markup, I use PDF-XChange Viewer.

    When I use a computer other than the one I store on, I email the link to myself using the “Email This!” Firefox extension or “Send from Gmail (by Google)” Chrome extension, or I’ll temporarily bookmark a web page. I use the browser sync function, available in both Firefox and Chrome, so the temporary bookmark will show up on any computer where I have the browser synced.

  93. fredemeister

    @Asgaro: Nice logical way to do things – it also saves time browsing through a lot of unwanted stuff. Just delete the contents. I use a similar system and it works well.

  94. Stuart

    Evernote Clearly then Clip to Evernote (both Chrome extensions). Evernote Clearly has the added benefit of reducing the size of the file that is clipped to Evernote.

  95. mjtowen

    tried them all, use scrapbook and zotero
    scrapbook is best for visuals of web pages, zotero best for biblios, referencing and metadata

  96. Mike Hodish

    Often, these are useful tidbits that I may not need for years in the future. I don’t want to save links, in case the page goes down, nor do I want to save them in the cloud, lest my storage site of choice vanishes.

    Depending on the source material, and my likely need for it, I do one of the following:

    Most commonly, I print it to a pdf, using Foxit Phantom (could be any pdf printer driver), via FinePrint.
    FinePrint makes it easy to amputate irrelevant pages before committing to PDF.

    I save the files, using a naming convention in which the file name is basically a series of metatags, so that I am likely to find it in the distant future using local search on my own machine. For example, might be “manual 2004 mercedes e500 brake pad replacement”, or “restaurant amsterdam 2012″ or “recipe meat loaf”. etc.

    If the info is something that I want to access non-locally, I put it in my Dropbox folder. Mostly, I do not do this.

    One other method, for small, but useful facts that I may want in my “personal reference manual”: I use my address book program (Time and Chaos), which syncs with my iPhone, and also an online portal, not just for addresses.

    I will create a contact, with the family name, again being metatags, as illustrated for the file names above, and in the notes section, will paste in the factoid that I want to have in my pocket. I keep the plain text of the factoid there, and, if it came from a web site, will also put the URL in the appropriate blank in the address file.

    I often use this for conversion factors that I occasionally need to refer to, or to driving directions that beat what the GPS always comes up with for certain trips around New York, for example, etc.

    Searching the personal information manager, or the iPhone, then finds what I want, even if I am abroad, and don’t want to use online access for cost reasons.

  97. Ken

    I use Web2PDF program
    you can make a PDF file and keep and or send to others, even if site is gone….

  98. Ken Roberts

    I have been using Joliprint, an on-line website that will convert your URL to a PDF. It is much faster than cut & pasting, etc. Just be sure to input the complete URL and view your finished output before you save it. It omits ads & clutter around the main article and usually does a very goo job converting the article to PDF.

  99. Shar

    Delicious and its bookmarklet work great!

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