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I Need to Read This: The Instant Version of Read It Later

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Last year, I covered the very useful Firefox extension Read It Later. It’s the recipient of an award from Mozilla for the easy way it lets you make a note of web pages of interest that you don’t have time to read now, but want to read later. It’s still a Firefox extension, though, and even though you can install it quickly, the installation alone might keep some busy web workers from using it. So I noted with interest Josh Lowensohn’s post on a new service called I Need to Read This, where the service lets you save pages for reading later, but uses bookmarklets that you can get going with immediately.

I tried the I Need to Read This bookmarklets in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. (You do need to provide a username, email and password to get going.) In Internet Explorer, you simply right-click on the bookmarklet buttons that I Need to Read This provides, and then click “Add to Favorites.” In Firefox, just drag the bookmarklets directly into your bookmarks toolbar.

The primary bookmarklet for I Need to Read This adds the current page you’re on to your “to-read” list. A second bookmarklet, “Read an Article,” brings up the oldest article on your “to-read” list that you haven’t yet read.

It takes seconds to get going with these bookmarklets and they’re extremely useful as they can help you avoid letting interesting web-based content fall through the cracks when you don’t have time to stop and read.

There is a Firefox extension for I Need to Read This, which gives you more features, but it’s brand new, so if you’re going to install and learn a full extension, I would recommend Read It Later instead. If you want similar features that you can use instantly, see if I Need to Read This works for you. If not, the bookmarklets are polite and you can immediately jettison them.

How do you keep track of interesting content that you don’t have time to read?

3 Responses to “I Need to Read This: The Instant Version of Read It Later”

  1. I copy the page into Evernote and tag it with a “read” tag. If I feel the need I’ll also add another tag like “Buy” or “software”. It embeds the url of the original page if I need to access the page. It also has the date and time I copied it so I can read things chronologically if I want to. Also the ability to access it from any computer and cell phone.

  2. oregoniansteve

    I really like Instapaper, which uses a bookmarklet. It works in Safari, and has a free native iPhone and iPod touch app. The iPhone and iPod can be read later offline.