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Morning Links: Instapaper Opens API. Gaming the System
June 19, 2015 | 8:42 am

InstapaperInstapaper Opens Its API, Gives Free Users More App Options (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instapaper announced on its blog yesterday that it was loosening a restriction on the Instapaper API, finally making it possible for free Instapaper users to use any 3rd-party app which supports Instapaper. TeleRead Take: As a huge lover of Instapaper, I'm always glad when users have more options. Like Nate, however, I'm not familiar with 3rd party options, but I'd love to hear of good ones to try. *** Business Musings: Gaming the System (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) It has taken the latest Kindle Unlimited Apocalypse (KUpocalypse 2? KUpocalypse Part Deux? KUpocalypse...

Ars Technica exhaustively documents all Android versions
June 16, 2014 | 2:37 am

its-been-quite-a-journey1-980x439In the interest of documenting it for the historical record, Ars Technica has just posted an immense 40,000-word retrospective on all versions of Android to date, with as many screen shots and as much information as they can gather. It’s possibly the biggest article I’ve seen on their site, at 26 separate pages; Ars Technica premier subscribers can view it in single page form on the site or download a PDF. Those folks who don’t pay for a subscription may want to use an aggregator like Instapaper to view it in a more manageable form. It might even...

Morning Roundup: Apple iTunes U expands, Instapaper launches weekly digest and more
January 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple itunes uApple iTunes U Expands Into 50 New Countries (GoodeReader) Apple iTunes U is the outfit responsible for thousands of interactive eTextbooks that are aimed at the educational sphere and learning inclined. *** China Tightens Control Over Online Video, Book Publishing (Variety) Chinese authorities have announced new controls on the posting of content to online video sites. Separately, there is to be additional scrutiny of Chinese-language book publishing. *** Now That Publishing and Circulation Are Free, What Can Media Companies Do to Create Scarcity? (Forbes) Since the introduction of the Gutenberg Printing Press, circulation and printing technology have determined the business models that succeed in print media. *** Instapaper Launches...

Mashable app list: Really making you a better reader?
November 11, 2013 | 6:37 pm

Social media and technology site Mashable has grouped together "8 Apps to Make You a Better Reader" - and not just concentrating on e-reading, but also bringing in some apps that will be just as helpful for print reading as well. If they help. Because the premise for choosing some seems the exact opposite of making you a better reader - i.e. making you a hastier and less insightful reader by predigesting and dicing up your reading matter. As Mashable's Mark Knoblauch says, the article has been "trying to stray from the obvious reading apps, like e-readers." And yes, as well...

Google Reader post-mortem: The death of the API, the rise of the all-in-one, and the return of the RSS reader
July 3, 2013 | 6:53 pm

Well, it’s a couple of days after the death of Google Reader, and just about time for the post-mortem wrap-up. There are a few articles offering different perspectives on the event, and we’ll start with one by Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper. Marco believes that Google killed Reader, despite it having literally millions of users, because it simply didn’t fit in with the way Google wanted the Internet to work. It was a holdover from the era of open APIs, when services made it easy to use them with other services. The problem is, then Facebook happened, and...

End-of-month roundup: My Answers Expert articles
June 30, 2013 | 3:08 pm

Just a quick end-of-the-month postscript to add four more Answers Expert articles I wrote with e-reader relevance. From here on out, I will probably limit these posts to one a month at the end of the month, though you can get instant notification of each new article as I write it if you follow my Twitter or Facebook. Using Instapaper to Read Articles Later Feedly Web RSS Reader Will Ease the Pain of Google Reader's Loss ...

Morning Links: Instapaper sold, new products at N.Y. Times, and more
April 26, 2013 | 8:45 am

Morning LinksInstapaper Sold to Betaworks (Good e-Reader) What do readers really want from ebook frontmatter and endmatter? (Futurebook) Revenues Up 22% to 16 Billion at Amazon in First Quarter (Digital Book World) NYT Says New Products to be Profitable by 2014 (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Die for Me by Cynthia Eden (and 3 others)...

App Faceoff: Pocket vs. Instapaper
February 7, 2013 | 11:30 am

"Read Later" apps have become more popular as people use their smartphones and tablets on-the-go. I’ve used Pocket for years, and I recently decided to pay for Instapaper because it offered features Pocket does not. I use both, but for different purposes. Pocket is great for short articles, especially ones with images. I’ve set Flipboard up to share with Pocket, and I’ll often scan headlines during breakfast and then send articles to Pocket for reading throughout the day. Pocket is also my repository for articles I want to reference for later posts. I only use Pocket for short articles because I find the app’s page-flipping option to be...

How Instapaper Ruined Me as a Reader
November 27, 2012 | 3:45 pm

By Stephen Silver | for Entertainment Tell I used to read books and magazines. Really, I did. I’ve subscribed to Sports Illustrated for as long as I’ve known how to read, and prided myself for most of my life on how many books I could read, and on how full my bookshelf was. Heck,  I even used to read a newspaper on a semi-regular basis. Thanks to the digital revolution, sadly, those days are over in my house. Downstairs, I’ve got a stack of magazines eight inches high; upstairs, my stack of unread books is taller than both of my children. No, I...

iOS Instapaper app available free for visiting a Starbucks
June 5, 2012 | 6:41 pm

Interested in the read-it-later iOS app Instapaper but don’t feel like shelling out $5 for it? Our sister blog Gadgetell reports that Starbucks is offering Instapaper as its “Free App of the Week”. To get it, you have to go to a Starbucks location and pick up a card with a code to redeem for the free app. I’ve been using Instapaper a good deal lately in researching stories for this blog. I had been frustrated that Zite lacked a good way of marking articles to review (and blog) later, like the “star” option in Google Reader, and also...

Page-turning animation is popular for e-readers
May 13, 2012 | 8:17 pm

You wouldn’t think that you would find page-flipping on tablets. But many e-reading apps have it. iBooks has a page-turn animation, which it actually lifted (along with its wooden bookshelf display) from the iPhone e-reader “Classics”. Instapaper recently added page-flipping as an option instead of scrolling. Flipboard uses its own stylized page-flip, too (from which it takes the “Flip” part of its name, come to think of it). So why do developers use it so often? Because readers seem to like it. “Pagination is obviously an artificially bolted-on construct on the iPad and iPhone,...

Using Instapaper on the Kindle [video tutorial]
May 10, 2012 | 9:16 am

Ever wanted to read articles from your Instapaper account on your Kindle? This simple video tutorial from Amazopia will show you how to do it. Via Amazopia – YouTube. Read an ebook. Get one from Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble or Kobo. (Via Ebook Friendly » Tips & More.)...

Read It Later renames itself Pocket, goes free
April 18, 2012 | 1:36 am

pocketSaving web content for later has been growing in popularity over the last few years, with several new players entering the game and the functionality being added even to Apple’s own web browser. Most recently, Readability went to a free model after its attempt to offer premium subscription service fizzled. Now well-known web-clipping app Read It Later has renamed itself to “Pocket” and and taken the same route—going from a $2.99 paid app to free. In a post to his blog, developer Nate Weiner explains his company had already decided to move to a new revenue model because it...

Readability changes link-sharing format to link to original articles
March 31, 2012 | 10:17 pm

Readability has lately found itself plunged into some of the same hot water as aggregators Flipboard and Zite. Originally conceived as a reformatting service to let people read articles on the web in clear, easy-to-read formatting, without distracting advertisements, the service revamped itself and expanded into a subscription service to pay publishers for skipping their ads. This didn’t work out terribly well for Readability, and so it recently went free instead of trying to convince people to subscribe. But one particularly obnoxious feature that Readability introduced at the time of its revamp is that when you reformat an article...

Readability launches iOS app March 1
February 24, 2012 | 12:38 am

Readability’s latest attempt to stay relevant hits the iPad and iPhone on March 1. That’s when a free Readability iOS app launches. As with its predecessors Instapaper and Read-It-Later, the app promises to allow users to tag articles they would like to reformat in a web browser, then sync them to the iOS app and read them with a nice, simple interface. There is a one-minute trailer for the app up on Readability’s iOS app page, and it looks reasonably nifty in terms of simplicity of interface, adjustability of font and so on, and I’m sure some people will...

Importing Instapaper and Readibility articles to the Kindle
February 23, 2012 | 8:00 am

Images From Tested: Instapaper and its competitor Readability can send a compilation of articles to Amazon's Kindle, formatting them for the e-reader and including a digest-style table of contents of the day's articles. Since they primarily differ in presentation, we've set up both for comparison and compiled five-minute walkthroughs for getting the two services running. Instapaper and Readability are incredibly simple to set up--just choose the one that looks right for you. Readability and Instapaper use Amazon's document delivery service to send web text to the Kindle. This works wirelessly with the basic Wi-Fi Kindles and over 3G as well (which can cost money,...

Readability drops fee requirements for premium features
January 11, 2012 | 12:21 pm

Remember when Readability went freemium, adding a subscription fee from which it could pay magazines whose content got ad-stripped? (This caused it to run afoul of Apple’s in-app payments policy, though it resubmitted and got that straightened out.) It turned out that Readability’s ambitions did not match up to readers’ expectations, with only a few thousand people willing to kick in $5 per month for the service, so in November the company slid back toward free by adding some premium features back to free accounts. Now it turns out apparently even that was not worthwhile, and the...

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