Armen Chakmakjian

Instapaper and my Kindle

In Random on September 21, 2011 at 4:12 am

So there are things you learn on Google+ that I don’t see the equivalent of on my Facebook feed.   There are times where there’s a public article or some content on the web that I want to read, but I don’t have the time.  I could save a bookmark, and read it later.  Then you get a cluttered list of bookmarks and then you have to manage your bookmarks blah blah blah.  And some of those long articles or blog posts might be better rendered on a kindle.

There’s this new toy out there called Instapaper.com that might come to the rescue.   Basically its a web page clipper.  Now you can do this with evernote (which I have started using in combination with a Google+ circle with my evernote email address as the only member).  The one difference here is that this allows you to send a subscription to your Kindle wirelessly (you still have to pay amazon for this part)…You could do put it on the kindle via USB but it is typically awkward drag and drop.

So what happens.  You have a button/bookmark on your browser that saves the article to instapaper.com.   As long as the article is one web page, it gets put in a feed on the instapaper site.  You then set up instapaper to send the article to your kindle using your kindle’s unique email address.  You set up the frequency to 1 day or 1 week, and then if and only if there are new articles, they get sent to your kindle.  Now the neat thing here is that similar to the Reader function on Safari, it strips away all the ads    and you get to read them as if you had gotten a subscription to a magazine or newspaper on your kindle.   You get to read the web in E-Ink at your leisure.  One drawback: unlike safari reader it doesn’t yet understand multipage articles…a future feature according to their FAQ.

It’s kinda kool…

You can also have it direct stuff to evernote or Facebook or twitter too.  check it out. (or if you don’t believe me you could also read this article which may have a better explanation).

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