The Read-It-Later extension

I just discovered the Read-It-Later addon for the Firefox browser. This is one of the most fantastic plugins I’ve seen in a while. From what I see, there have been about 4 million downloads already. This means I am too late, but as they say “better late than never“! This extension makes it possible to maintain a queue of unread content locally or remotely. It is also possible to save the text locally and read it at a later time even if you are offline. Really cool.

Here is a list of the features:

  • Save pages to a reading list to read when you have time.
  • Offline reading mode lets you read the items you’ve saved for later on the plane, train, or anywhere without an internet connection.
  • Sync your list to all of your computers, at work or home.
  • Sync your list to Read It Later apps for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android and more.
  • After reading, bookmark pages on your preferred bookmarking service or share them with friends.
  • Click to Save Mode lets you quickly batch a reading list just by clicking on interesting links.
  • Text view strips away images, ads, and layout from articles and presents them in an easy to consume way.

Until today I have been keeping content that I wished to read at a later time in the browser’s bookmark system or I left yet another tab open or stored the URL in a text file. This plugin seems that it will provide a decent solution and eliminate the trouble. I haven’t used the remote service yet and I am not sure if I will ever do. The local “read queue” works really well.

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About George Notaras

George Notaras is the editor of G-Loaded Journal, a technical blog about Free and Open-Source Software. George, among other things, is an enthusiast self-taught GNU/Linux system administrator. He has created this web site to share the IT knowledge and experience he has gained over the years with other people. George primarily uses CentOS and Fedora. He has also developed some open-source software projects in his spare time.