Save now, read later

You know how when someone sends you a link to an interesting article but you're in the middle of doing something else, or you're reading document A online and there's a hyperlink to document B that you want to read also but can't right then because you're still on document A and then you have to get back to work? To not lose track of those pieces I want to go back to, for the last six months or so I've been using the "Read Later" bookmarklet of "Instapaper." First you set up a free account on Instapaper. Then you just drag the Read Later bookmark to your Bookmarks Bar and you're ready to go. Simply click it whenever you see something you want to go back to later and it will save it to your Instapaper account. Easy and convenient. And free!

A feature I've only begun to utilize is the ability to send these saved pieces to a Kindle in one document, sort of like a personalized magazine. I just bought a Kindle and am finding this to be a very cool use for it. You can set it up to send automatically daily or weekly, or manually whenever you want. Because I sit at my computer so much of the day for my work, it's really been nice to move away from the computer to read these extracurricular pieces.

Here are some of the things I've saved this week to read later, hopefully this afternoon:

"Post-Soviet Yearning" by Ken Kalfus, a New York Times book review that is exactly a year old (3/5/10) about a book I'm currently reading, The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, by Gina Ochsner.

"How to Combat the Crime Du Jour," a piece at Cardus by Laura Bramon Good about human trafficking.

"Jumping Off Ledges" by Kelly Foster at Image's Good Letters blog.

"The New Normal," a column by David Brooks in the New York Times.

"It Starts Today" at Mick Silva's blog, Your Writers Group. (This piece has some videos in it so I won't be able to access it all offline.)

An interview with Ron Hansen about his book Mariette in Ecstasy, a book I really like by the way, at The Fine Delight.

A cooking column on how to make authentic French chicken, Poulet à la Fermière, from Paige at A Cooking Life.

"The Fine Art of Healing," a piece about art therapy and art training of pre-med students at Baylor University.

"Making Ends Meet," a series at Burnside Writers Collective by Diane Nienhuis on getting by as a writer in tough economic times.


What have you been reading online or saved to read later?