3 Awesome Alternatives to ReadItLater Applications for iOS Devices!

This is a guest post by John Page, the co-founder of a blog that focused on iPhone, iPad and Mac related articles. Find out more about the author from the links at the end of this post.


For your consideration are offered the reviews of 3 awesome applications for iPhones/iPads that can replace ReadItLater tool easily.

Instapaper: more than just a run-of-the-mill offline reader!

Price in the AppStore: $ 4.99


Instapaper is the most expensive of all there apps but it definitely is worth of every penny since it has so many outstanding features to offer.

To start with, the tool has a very convenient navigation. The best full-screen mode works in Instapaper comparing to other two applications. In this mode developers removed all the elements of the interface, so a user could focus only on reading the text. To return to the list of saved contents or open the options, simply click on the screen to leave the full-screen mode.

Great sharing option is another advantage of using Instapaper. By linking your Instapaper account with Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, you can easily post your articles, notes, images and videos on these sites.

However, Instapaper provides the most terrible night mode I have ever seen, so if you prefer night reading you may change your mind on buying this app from the AppStore.

Pocket app is better and improved ReadItLater!

Offered for free in the AppStore

Pocket app


Pocket app is like a direct reincarnation of ReadItLater that appeared due to the desire to move away slightly from the text format and add to the standard ReadItLater functions an ability to work offline with the saved from the Internet images and view videos. Pocket app offers us the streaming video and posting photos in one bottle.

Pocket has more sophisticated sorting capabilities that ReadItLater. You can sort the saved web data by type of content – text articles, video and images. Such option makes it easier to navigate.

Pocket has been recently updated with a stunning night mode for reading saved text from the Internet at night. However, its full-screen mode is a bit lame since it doesn’t allow reading only text without seeing other options of the program. Another drawback is poor customization of fonts.

I also liked the great editing features in Pocket app. Taking into account that the program focuses on images and video offline reading, you can imagine that it represents an ideal way to view video content.

Speaking about the sharing abilities, Pocket in this respect is the most advanced program of all three because it offers to send content even on such sites like Reddit, Pinboard and Evernote.

Readability: awesome free service for offline work with saved Internet content!

Offered for free in the AppStore



A newcomer in this niche is Readability that provoked caused a lot of noise since its release in March, as an essential clone of Pocket only completely free. As a result, Pocket has nothing left to do as to become free as well.

Readability should be used as an alternative to Pocket and Instapaper due to its unique extra features:

  • highly customizable editing of saved text files – five fonts, with the ability to alter the size and other standard editing options;
  • the night mode is simply perfect – by changing the background to a dark color and regulating the scale of brightness you will be able not just to avoid the glare from device’s screen during night reading, but also to reduce vision tension.

However, Readability’s full-screen mode is the weakest option. During reading you will have to see along with text a toolbar that can’t be switched off.


My verdict to these applications:

1) Instapaper application is without a doubt the best program in this list. It provides the excellent functionality, small cost, reliability and versatility – all these functions are available in Instapaper.

2) Pocket app will do for those users who want to work in offline mode with saved video and graphic content downloaded from the Internet.

3) Readability app will a good solution for your needs, if you want good service for offline reading saved Internet content for free.

Do you agree or disagree with my reviews and rating? Leave your comments and share your experience of using these analogues of ReadItLater apps!



John Page is the co-founder of softwarewithstyle.com, a blog focused on iPhone, iPad and Mac related articles and you ask/we answer posts. I explore the issues related to the Apple products, and can help with repairing and using of iPhones, iPads or Macs in my blog. Also you can follow me on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/116754590614062063410) or facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/SWS-Magazine/391188977582933)

[Google Chrome Tutorial] How To Enhance Web Site Readability in Chrome

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Modern web sites are getting more complex and readability decreases accordingly.  Many flash animations, lots of ad blocks, eye-catching graphics… there are just too many things that distracts you from reading the content of a web site.

In this Google Chrome Tutorial, we shall see how we could improve the readability of web sites in Chrome.  We shall use Chrome settings, Chrome extensions, bookmarklets and web apps to make web pages easier to read.


Chrome Settings

The easiest way to “purify” web pages is to block everything that may get you distracted.  Most of these things re multimedia contents.  You can click the wrench icon on the top right corner, choose “Settings” / “Preferences” (depending on your operation system), then choose “Under the Hood” and click the “Content Settings” button.  Here you can choose to block all images.  Besides, if you click “Disable individual plug-ins…” under “Plug-ins”, you can see a page where you can disable individual plug-ins including Flash, Java, RealPlayer, etc.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Chrome Settings

To make web pages easier to read, you can adjust the zooming and font size by clicking the wrench icon on the top right corner, choosing “Settings” / “Preferences”, then choosing “Under the Hood”.  There you can set the default page zooming and font size.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Web Content Settings

This is a universal setting that affects all web pages in all tabs.  If you only need to fine-tune a specific tab, click the wrench icon and click the + and – sign beside “Zoom”.


Chrome Extensions

There are a few Chrome extensions you can use to purify web pages.  AdBlock and Adblock Plus are two popular extensions that block ads on web pages.  For the purpose of blocking ads these two extensions are similar, you can choose whichever you like.

Google Chrome Tutorial - AdBlock

Zoomy is a Chrome extension that maximize the use of the window size.  Sometimes web designers limit the column size of web pages, the space on two sides are unused.  This Chrome extension automatically enlarge the column width and thus the size of the content.  You can see its effect in this video:


iReader is a great Chrome extension that purifies web pages.  It automatically removes unnecessary stuff on web pages.  What you get is the main text and associated images only.  This is the purified version of an article on the Guardian newspaper web site:

Google Chrome Tutorial - iReader

There is another Chrome extension, Readability that works in the same way but it has richer features.  You can select the font size, reading pane color and width.  Links could be converted to footnotes to further eliminate distractions.  A killer feature of Readability is that it can send the simplified web page to your kindle for reading.  Isn’t it great?

Google Chrome Tutorial - Readability


Notforest is a bookmarklet.  It is a bookmark stored in the bookmarks of your Chrome.  Installation is pretty easy, just drag it to the bookmarks bar in Chrome.  Whenever you want to simplify a web page, just click the bookmark and the page would be turned into a reading pane with pure text.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Notforest


Web App

My last recommendation is rdd.me, a convenient web app that not only simplifies web pages but also shorten the URLs for easy sharing.  It is a service that Readability provides, so their rendering engine are probably the same.

Google Chrome Tutorial - rdd.me

The best thing is you get a shortened URL.  You can copy it and send to your friends.  What they’ll see when opening the URL is the simplified page.  Mobile users will see a further simplified page specially for mobile browsers.

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