Read it Later:

Pocket vs. Instapaper

While adding a “Read it Later” button to my blog, I took the opportunity to consider my own habits for saving things, and in the process I switched services and discovered the key difference between my old system and my new one.

Marius Masalar
Dec 20, 2014 · 10 min read

The Landscape of Content Saving

Workflow

If I have time to be tagging and organizing my saves, I have time to be reading them — and I prefer to do the latter.

Comparing the Functionality

Pocket Features

Instapaper Features

Making the Switch

Moving from Pocket to Instapaper is as easy as importing an HTML file.

Reading

While not as robust as Instapaper’s settings, Pocket has an easy toggle to switch between cleaned and original views.
Four backgrounds, four typeface choices, and both font size and column width adjustments are possible.

Premium Considerations

Pocket Premium

Instapaper Premium

e-Readers

Besides sending individual articles, the digest feature is one of Instapaper’s best ideas.

This is exactly how the feature should work. It feels intuitive, obvious, effortless.

Pocket is for Keeping, Instapaper is for Reading

Note: I revisited this comparison a year later, after each service made some important changes.

Adventures in Consumer Technology

No IT Dept: You're On Your Own

Adventures in Consumer Technology

No IT Dept: You're On Your Own

Marius Masalar

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Content Strategist, Photographer. Bylines at The Sweet Setup, Tools & Toys, PhotoLife Magazine, and right here on Medium.

Adventures in Consumer Technology

No IT Dept: You're On Your Own