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The advent of Web 2.0, blogs and various social networking sites has ensured that there is an ever increasing flow of information which is not possible to consume in one go. There are millions of websites on the internet and if you are an internet addict like me, you would easily come across hundreds of those sites every month. Some of them capture your attention while you skip the others after a glance.

Also there are times when you come across an interesting webpage or an article which you think deserves your time but you are in a rush and can’t read it. So what do you do then ? You might consider bookmarking it but it may be not always very convenient to do that since it could create a long unmanageable list of bookmarks.

There are better solutions and this article aims to highlight 4 such solutions. Each of these 4 tools have their own set of features and qualities but one thing in common in all of them is that they allow you to save a page for later reading in just one click.

1. Instapaper

Instapaper is a simple way to save pages for reading later. You need to sign up for an account at their site and then drag the bookmarklet which they provide to your browser toolbar. You can click on that bookmarklet to save any page for reading later. All the pages are saved in the text format in your Instapaper account and you can also get the RSS feeds for the same. You can also visit the original links from your account.

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2. LaterLoop

Laterloop is a service which really caught my attention since it has some features worth talking about. It is built on the Google App Engine and therefore you can use your Google account to log into the service. It comes as a bookmarklet as well as a Firefox extension but I personally prefer using the bookmarklet. It also lets you archive the links and star them. Hence the links which you consider important can be starred for future reference.

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LaterLoop also lets you subscribe to the RSS feeds for both current and starred links. One of the best features is that you can also access LaterLoop on your mobile phone. It also has the ability to integrate with the Scrapbook Firefox extension which we’ve recently covered Offline Browsing Anywhere Anytime - Part One Offline Browsing Anywhere Anytime - Part One Read More here at MakeUseOf.

Last but not least, LaterLoop also allows you read your 30 newest links offline. It does this by letting you download them in a zip file. It calls this the LaterLoop Airplane Mode. Although this mode is in experimental stage and the quality of some downloaded webpages may not be up to the mark, it still can be a convenient way to read stuff when you’re not connected to the internet.

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3. Read it Later Firefox Extension

The Read it later extension for Firefox does a lot of other things apart from allowing you to mark websites for reading later in one click. I have already talked about this extension in great detail in this post Get The Awesome Read it Later Extension For Firefox 3 Get The Awesome Read it Later Extension For Firefox 3 Read More but Mark was the first one to talk about it here on MakeUseOf Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Build an Online Reading List with "Read It Later" Read More back in February.

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4. LaterThis

LaterThis is another service which offers you a bookmarklet which when clicked will save the webpage for reading later in your LaterThis account. It has two interesting features which might excite you as a user. First, it comes with built-in support for the iPhone and iPod touch. Secondly, and this is something which I think could be useful, is that it lets you organize the links through tags. Plus, like LaterLoop, it also lets you archive and star the links.

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So which of these services do you use to save links for reading later?

  1. Max
    October 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I'm using the site PaperSpan (paperspan.com/) for this. Its a simple one to use, than copy pasting the links to a notepad. It also allows to type a URL ourself and save it.

  2. Danh ba web 2.0
    March 23, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for list. Keep up !

  3. Jason
    July 24, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    i mean tabboo with only one b maybe that will show
    addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/

  4. taboo
    July 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Taboo, a Firefox extension, is fantastic. And it works without an online service.

    overstimulate.com/projects/taboo
    addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5756

  5. Charnita Fance
    July 22, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I use NOTEPAD lol. You know, the one that comes with Windows! =) I copy & paste links there & save it. Then I just go back later to look at it. I'm getting into Yoono the web notes tho.......

  6. alfredwesterveld
    July 22, 2008 at 1:55 am

    If you want the most feature pack social bookmarking service you should use diigo.com. It also have read later function.

  7. Holly
    July 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I use Taboo extension for Firefox. I'm amazed how unknown is this extension...It's way better than Read It Later

  8. Mohammad
    July 21, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I like Read it Later, because it saves the links directly into my bookmarks.
    Also it has a lot of great functionalities.

  9. Gregory A. Blake
    July 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I prefer using LaterLoop...works fine for me and I love the extension for my ff....just press ctrl + double space and the page is instantly added to my LaterLoop ToRead List...excellent.

    But I must say that Later This looks interesting, too...especially the tag function...

  10. Zia
    July 21, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I simply use Delicious. That's it.

  11. Rarst
    July 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I am feeling bit ancient but if I want to read something later a either keep tab open or make bookmark. :) So not web-20-ish.

  12. Batika
    July 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Can anyone recommend extensions for firefox or some sites witch can convert html to pdf ?

  13. Tom Leonard
    July 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I love toread.cc! Click browser button, sends email to gmail account. Set filter to folder called "toread". Read when I have time. Easy to use. No account. No signin.

  14. Matt
    July 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I use the Google notes firefox extension.

  15. Vivek
    July 21, 2008 at 11:29 am

    There's also readbag.com. Uses Google account.
    Pages can be read later on mobile, as feed or even offline (with Google Gears)

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