The web is full of things we wish we could read. Unfortunately, there isn’t always time to spend in front of the screen, reading away to our heart’s content. This is a well-known phenomena, and big names such as Instapaper and Read It Later do a good job in solving this problem.
But these two aren’t the only solutions out there. There are numerous other extensions, add-ons and web apps that help you do just this – save interesting things to read later. Some offer extra features, some are very lightweight, and some simply use a different interface which you might find more usable. Here is a list of the best tools for saving things for later, that are not Instapaper and Read It Later.
youRhere not only lets you save things to read later, it also lets you mark the exact line where you left off, and loads the page accordingly when you come back to it.
Using youRhere is very simple. Install the extension, and the next time you’re in the middle of an article and simply have to go do something else, double click on the line you’ve got to in your reading.
The line will be highlighted and automatically saved. That’s it, you can now close the page and come back to it later. When you wish to continue reading, click on the youRhere icon and find the article. When you click on an article, it will load and automatically scroll to the highlighted line, and you can continue reading where you left off.
You can easily delete an article from the list by clicking on the X, or share it through Facebook or Twitter.
Save To Read is a very simple add-on, which operates much like regular bookmarks, but is more simplified. After installing the add-on, a new plus button will appear in your toolbar. Every time you want to save a page for reading later, click the plus button.
Once you click it, the plus icon will turn into a minus, and the page will be saved. At any time, you can click the minus icon to remove the article from the list. You can now access your saved items through the Save To Read sidebar. Click the open/close button to open the sidebar.
Here you will find a list of all your saved pages. You can click a page to load it or click the minus icon to remove it. You can also search through the saved pages and sorts them in different ways. This same list can be accessed through the regular bookmarks, in a folder called Save-To-Read.
If you don’t like using the sidebar, you can add the Save To Read Panel by right clicking on the toolbar and choosing Customize. Fine the Save To Read Panel and drag it to your toolbar.
Now you will be able to access your list of saved articles simply by clicking this button, without having to use the space-invading sidebar. You can, of course, remove the open/close sidebar button at this point to avoid a clutter of buttons.
Pistashio is a bookmarking web app, which can be social if you want it to, but can also be used privately just to save interesting things for later.
To start, sign in to Pistashio using your Twitter or Facebook account.
Once your account is created, you can start “stashing” things. With Pistashio, you can divide your saved pages into several categories: Eat+Drink, Read, Listen, Watch and See+Do. You can save pages from Pistashio’s web interface, but it’s easier to use Pistashio’s browser tools.
Simply choose the right tool for your browser, and start stashing. For every page you save you can choose a category, add a quick note and set an e-mail or Twitter reminder. You can also make the page private, or go the opposite way and share it on Twitter right there and then.
You can now use Pistashio’s web interface to browse your saved links, read them, archive them (this doesn’t delete them, so you can still find them later in your Pistashio archive) share them and more. Pistashio can be used as a social service and provide you with recommendations for links other people liked, or be used simply as a convenient bookmarking service you can access from anywhere.
What do you use to save pages for later? Do you know of any good tools we missed? Share in the comments!