Sub-compact media: Rethinking the way we publish online

Many publishers seem to assume that the best way to publish their content online is to try and recreate the look and feel of the printed product they are trying to replace, but a better approach is to strip away everything that isn’t absolutely necessary.

Here is why Facebook bought Spool

Facebook is buying Spool, a mobile app company and shutting down the app. While it seems like an acqua-hire, in reality this deal is about the technology built by this tiny startup. And that is why Dropbox, Twitter and Google also came calling on the company.

Instapaper for Android arrives. Will users buy it?

Another of the most popular iOS applications makes the move to Android as Instapaper becomes available in Google Play. Marco Arment, Instapaper’s creator, has noted that Android users prefer free software, so will they buy his app or opt for a free alternative?

Shifting reading habits boost Read It Later in 2011

Read It Later is one of the quiet success stories of the tablet and smartphone revolution. What started as a simple Firefox extension is now a much-used tool for our shifting reading habits, thanks to the emergence of new mobile devices.

Hands on with Instapaper 4.0

Whether you’ve got a new iPhone 4S, an iPad 2 or on older iOS device, Instapaper is a must-have application. Now, a huge new update ups the game all around for an already great product. Here’s a first-hand look at what’s new and notable.

As competition rises, Instapaper shuns outside dollars

Despite growing competition from ReadItLater, which just raised $2.5 million, VC-backed Scribd and Apple, Instapaper’s Marco Arment is sticking to his now outside funding stance. He said even with the added company, he can make Instapaper work by focusing on his niche and executing.

Money Can’t Buy You Love: Why Some Apps Work, Some Don’t

The crowded consumer Internet has made it difficult for startups and services to get attention from the people who really matter: the end users. The question is: How do you get that much-needed attention? Not with VC dollars. Instead it is something less tangible.

Hard Copy Pro — Instapaper App for Android

The only thing I don’t like about Instapaper is the lack of a native Android app for my phone, as often that’s the device at hand when I have time to catch up on some reading. That’s where Hard Copy Pro comes to my rescue.

Instapaper: A Blog Reader’s Killer Service

Any user that reads a lot of Mac-centric blogs may have heard of Instapaper, which is most easily defined as “A simple tool to save web pages for reading later.” After four days, I’m completely convinced that this is not a tool I could live without.

First million is the hardest

Sometime early this morning, not sure precisely at what time…. I crossed the million page views a month threshold. I guess, it…