Instapaper on the iPad. Words escape me.

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  1. Phil Hanson says:

    Can someone explain a situation Instapaper is good for, I just don’t get the use …

    Also is there a way I can be saved to this site or comments?

  2. Dan says:

    @Phil Hanson

    The purpose behind instapaper is twofold. Firstly, it means that you don’t have to be connected to the internet to read articles. You use the bookmarklet to send them to your instapaper account and then synchronise your iphone/ipod touch/ipad and can take them wherever you want, which is handy for people who have to travel/commute a lot.

    Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it’s there to help people rediscover long fornat reading. Most web articles these days are short, succinct bites that are easily digestible in a couple of minutes. Compare this to physical magazines where articles often run into thousands of words and go into a lot more depth. Obviously people can’t really read these during their working day so you sync the article up with your account and then read it later on in the day when you have the time. Personally I mark up things and then read them on my ipod touch before I go to bed, a routine I hope to continue on the ipad when it’s finally released in the UK!

    It is one of those things that can be seen as pointless to a degree if you don’t use it. But give the free version a try and you’ll be surprised at how much good writing you’re missing out on because you don’t feel you have the time to read much of the stuff out there.

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