I used to say I’d never read a book on the computer. Then again, I once said I’d never have a mobile phone. Or give up vinyl. I’d never have online friends. I’d never …ok. that’s for another time.
I, have, however, found a treasure trove of quality long-form magazine articles and an easy, eye-friendly way to read them.
First, you get a free Instapaper account. Think of it as Spotify for reading.
Instapaper lets you read any web page in the format pictured above or save it to your own online library to read later.
Isn’t that complicated? Nah, it’s easey-peasey! No tech skills required.
See the black arrow above? You get those bookmarklets at the Instapaper site. Drag ‘em to your favorites bar, and you’re done. Anywhere you surf after that, click one to read now or the other to read later.
You can get a little fancier if you like. You can adjust the display. You can send stuff to your library by email, which is handy. You can subscribe to your library by RSS feed. It’s eReader friendly, and it works on phones! (A great use is to Instapaper long things from your phone so you can read them at home/work)
I’m not sold on reading books on screen and I love scanning and folding my newspaper too much, but long magazine articles are perfect for onscreen reading. The above (proper full-length review here) is free and no tech skills needed, so give er a go mateys. (Mac or PC)