We’re used to having an always on internet connection these days, even wirelessly, but there are still often times you’ll be without the Internet, particularly if you own a Wi-Fi only iPad model. It won’t give you full interaction, but if it’s just text you want to read then instapaper is the perfect solution.
Instapaper is available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch for £2.49/$3.99. The service is free to use on the web, though, so if you’re on a Mac or PC and want to save articles for later you don’t have to pay. The app however, allows you to view web pages and save articles within it.
Instapaper is perfect for long articles and blog posts that you find during the day and would like to read but don’t have the time when you find them. So save them with Instapaper to read later when you’re away from an Internet connection. It even stripes out unwanted adverts and other distracting page furniture so that you get to read just what’s important.you still get useful embedded web links, though, so you wont’be stuck without any way of jumping to a related article.
What’s more, the service is so popular that more than 150 other iPhone and iPad apps, such as Twitter, Flipboard and Zite,support a “send to Instapaper” facility. You can even send long emails to read later.
If you’re struggling to find something interesting to read, you can browse articles that you’re friends have posted on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Or browse the Editor’s Picks, curated by hand from the Instapaper community’s most-saved stories.
Get to know the instapaper interface
1. Your article
Any saved articles from the web appear in the main grid, unless you add them to folders, in which case you’ll need to open that folder to see a grid of those saved articles.
Read Later is just your default grid, where you articles are saved unless you specify a folder. Liked articles can be found in the Liked area, and Archive is the place for saved articles you wish to keep for longer.
Here you can adjust all aspects of instapaper, from reading mode to installing the Read Later bookmarklet in safari. Go here to change account details, sharing options, download limits or scroll modes.
Folders are the best way to use instapaper efficiently, preventing you from clogging up the default Read Later area with too many articles. They also make it easier to find the related articles you’ve been collecting
Instapaper’s built-in browser is actually quite a capable tool, which makes finding new articles to save for later even easier. You might not use it that much, but it’s a nice feature to have when you’ve got web access.
HOW TO Save web articles and read them offline
1. Save a web article
You’ll need to be registered with the service, which can be done with just an email address. You can be then save articles using your Mac or PC, often by using a bookmarklet available for almost any browser. Or you can just use the +Add button on the home page.
2. Sync Instapaper
Fire up the instapaper app on your iPad and then enter your account details. The app will instantly sync any pages you’ve saved for later. You can use the app in either portrait or landscape mode. Each article is given a square, which acts like a thumbnail.
3. Read article
Tap on the article square to open it up to read full-screen – again, this can be in either portrait or landscape mode. You can change the font and the text size by clicking the icon of the two letter As in the top-right. You can also alter line spacing and column width from here.
4. Pagination mode
When you scroll down as on a webpage to view full thing. You can make use of a more traditional page-turning device if you like, however. Turning on pagination at the far-right of the top toolbar lets you swipe to turn pages of the article instead.
5. Sort into folder
You can create new folder to house articles by topic. Just hit the folder icon in the top-right of the home grid and tap + to create a new folder. Tap the share button when you have an article open to add it to a folder. Just tap whichever folder you want, and voila!.