ITEM OF THE DAY Item of the Day: Instapaper Rachael Berkey

If you can answer any of the following questions with “yes” then you should download this app.

Do you have a smart device (phone/tablet)?

Do you read things on that device?

Do you occasionally go places without access to wifi or network internet access?

At this point in my life, I’m a New Yorker. My commute consists of riding the subway for an hour twice a day at minimum. While access to the internet underground is not unheard of – I miss the metro access in DC like you would not believe – it’s spotty at best and often paid for with ad content that I just don’t want to bother with.

I pass my time on these commutes with a book or reading material of some sort. No one is surprised by this. No one at all. I kind of have a thing for reading.

On days when I just don’t want to dive into a fictional world, or I *gasp* forget my book at home, I like to have easy access to things off-line that I can read. Enter Instapaper. Instapaper is an app/widget I installed on my internet browser a few weeks ago. With the click of a button, it takes a snapshot of the site I’m reading and saves the text of it to my account. So long as I remember to sync my app with the web before I head underground, I have access to anything I’ve saved without needing to worry about wifi access.

I love this app. It was totally worth the $3.99 it cost when I downloaded it, and while the directions for installing the widget on my mobile browsers are a bit of a pain and somewhat wonky, it has worked flawlessly. It syncs my account across devices so I can read anywhere without wifi access.

You can download the app on the iTunes or Android app store. Just search for Instapaper.

Image via Instapaper.com

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  1. Evernote has an amazing extension for your browser that you can save articles to your Evernote account and access them anytime on your smart phone sans wifi. A huge bonus is that its free. So just incase you don’t use it as much as you though you would you don’t have to worry about losing the money you invested. Which can be a big deal for college students like me.

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