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The Internet is arguably the best news morgue on the planet right now. And apart from that great collection of old articles, thousands of new ones are added every day. There are so many articles on the Web now that the need of the hour is finding the good ones.

Thankfully, that job is made easier by several resources that are able to intelligently gather those posts that are worth your time, whether it’s using smart digital algorithms or smart human brains.

The Old Favourites

There are a bunch of websites which have been curating the best articles on the Web Too Long But Do Read: 6 Places To Go To For Some Of The Best Reading On The Web Too Long But Do Read: 6 Places To Go To For Some Of The Best Reading On The Web TLDR is now an accepted part of Internet slang. Too Long Didn't Read is symptomatic of our attention spans…or rather lack of it. But there's a subtle shift that's happening beneath the layers of the... Read More for some time now. They’re still doing a great job and should be on your list, but since we have written about them before, we won’t go into much detail about them. Here’s a brief summary:

  • Longform: One of two sites dedicated purely to in-depth articles that span over 2,000 words and are free to read. All hand-picked by the staff.
  • Longreads: Articles over 1,500 words only, each accompanied with a word count and how long it is likely to take you to read it. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #longreads to find user submissions.
  • The Browser: A personal favourite, The Browser has expanded its scope to include videos and other data, but its collection of articles remains strongest. Plus, each article is accompanied with a short precis written by one of the staff so you know what you are getting into.

Reddit InDepthStories

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The power of user-submission on the Internet is best exhibited through social network Reddit. And to find great reads, you don’t need to look any further than the r/indepthstories sub-Reddit. All of the articles submitted in this section are pieces where the authors have gone into great detail and usually done the due diligence necessary — no fluff pieces here. Because of the truly global nature of Reddit, this is among the few sources on the web where you find articles from all across the world, which makes it a much more diverse collection than hand-curated picks.

The Feature

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Formerly known as “Give Me Something To Read”, The Feature is a hand-curated list of top reads from Richard Dunlop-Walters, the editor of Instapaper, arguably the best read-it-later app for iPad Instapaper Could Be The Best Read Later App For The iPad Instapaper Could Be The Best Read Later App For The iPad One of the classic reading apps for the iPad and iPhone is Instapaper, which still shines above all others for its unique tilt scrolling and page flipping features. This well-designed app is supported by dozens... Read More . It’s a simple list with just a headline and a quoted section of the article, clicking which takes you to the piece. It’s been around for a few years now, so the archives have some wonderful articles which you should go through if you haven’t read them already. One of the perks of following this one is that Dunlop-Walters only adds 2-4 articles a day, so your reading list doesn’t get bloated if you follow this site!

Readability Top Reads

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Lots of people use the Readability app to strip web pages of unnecessary elements and just read the main article or save it for later. Readability has used this data to make a “Top Reads” section which shows you which links people are using the app on — chances are, when so many people use it on the same link, it’s a link worth reading! You can only sort the list by the last hour, day or week, so this isn’t a site where you go trawling through the archives. But with the “last hour” feature, it’s a great way to keep on top of what people are reading right now.

PocketHits

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Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More with millions of users, so just like Readability, they leverage what their readers are checking out to curate the things you should be clicking on. Two things are different here though. First, PocketHits is only available as a Twitter account to follow. Second, it’s not restricted to articles alone, so you might find videos and photo albums on it too. Still, it’s mostly about articles and you will find some good reads here. If you need to look through the archive, your only hope is the annual Pocket Hits Awards page.

Best Magazine Articles Ever

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Before there was an Internet, the best articles usually made it to magazines. So Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, asked readers to submit their favourite articles over the last 50 years and came up with an incredible collection of must-read pieces. The top 25 articles were put into one list, and the rest were divided by decade and complied into lists:

Happy reading!

How Do You Read Articles?

Now that we have solved the problem of finding the best articles, it’s quite possible that you will start adding too many of them to your Pocket or any other bookmark service. I have a huge list of articles in Pocket that I still haven’t got through. So what’s your trick to go through your read-it-later list and ensure you consume them all?

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  1. Brad Cavallaro
    November 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Wait But Why is another fantastic website with very interesting articles and perspectives on a variety of topics!

  2. binay kumar
    August 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I dont see the aldaily in this article so pathetic

  3. Tammy
    January 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Why is this so important to read to the kids to be able to go six flags or get a little pizza to able to actually save some money

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    December 10, 2015 at 6:01 am

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  5. Subhradeep C
    June 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    highwire.stanford.edu/lists/freeart.dtl

  6. Lisa O
    June 21, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Longform and Longreads are my favorite curation sites. I could usually fill a week's worth of leisure time reading materials in a visit. Medium hosts quite a few worthy pieces for me to visit sporadically, but it never has the best of navigations. When I visited it recently, I couldn't figure out how to find that certain collection I liked which name I had forgotten. Beside, while there are still a lot of quality contents, junks are everywhere once it's open to public (back in the old days only people with invites could write) so it's harder to sift through.

    As to how to manage my reading list, I have settled on this approach: only specialized, newspaper-like sites with a bulk of daily updates get place in my RSS reader. I use RSS to keep up with general news and will only reads articles I deem interesting enough. Currently it houses subscriptions to Ars Technica, MUO, ReadWrite, Fast Company, The New Yorker, and a couple of hobby-related blogs.

    My Scrapbook (the Firefox add-on) holds my reading list. It's filled with long-form articles I cherry-pick around the web. Contents will be deleted once I'm finished reading, but if I like it enough I will convert the page into PDF for archival purpose.
    This works for me because I only read these kind of articles from PC. I have no need of cross-platform syncing and stuff, just offline access.

  7. Tom Beckman
    June 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    http://www.dailyrotation.com - compiles many RSS feeds' headlines on a single page. Top 100 article list gives a great overview of best articles from all the feeds.

    • Tammy
      January 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Are you sure?? About that

      • Tom
        January 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        Yes! I scan it once a day (along with several other sources.)

  8. Muhammad K
    June 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    JIMMYR.com THE BEST COMPILED RSS FEED OF ALL TIME

  9. Marius G
    June 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I really like Aeon Magazine. Each day they come out with a new essay (2000-5000 words) on various subjects.

    • Lisa O
      June 21, 2014 at 3:19 am

      I am taking a look at it. Seems promising. Thank you for the suggestion.

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