Item of the Day: Instapaper

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.

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