What You Said: How You Snag and Store Articles for Later Reading

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 25th, 2012

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite tools and tips for saving articles for later reading. Now we’re back to highlight how you snag and store interesting content.

Some readers like to keep it simple and just bookmark the content they want to read later, like 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)

Others keep it simple but save the entire article in order to have it for offline reading, Lady Fitzgerald, among many other readers, uses a word processor to save content:

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).

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Tony uses a combination of curation tools:

Whenever this discussion is raised, Pocket, Readability, and Instapaperarise 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.

Dragonbite emails everything to himself for archiving and later reading:

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.

For more tips and tricks, hit up the full comment thread here.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/25/12
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