Save now, read later

New users have much to get from Read It Later, but existing users of the browser add-on will appreciate syncing lists of unread stories between desktop computers and the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Those already using the bookmarking tool Read It Later will appreciate being able to sync lists of unread stories between desktop computers and the iPhone or iPod Touch. For those who are new to Read It Later, the free version isn't quite as convenient as it could be, though the application is still one good way to flag stories of interest for later perusing, without having to bookmark each one individually.

The initial setup to bookmark the plug-in is a multistep process, but one the application's developer guides you through in text, pictures, and a video. Registration is easy for new users, who will need to log in before syncing their first stories from Safari. After that, users of the free version will be able to quickly grab a story by selecting the Read It Later bookmark, and then read the story online, offline, or in text-only mode after syncing again.

For $2.99, the richer pro version (not rated) tacks on features like a bookmarklet for saving links from Safari, a sharing tool to post articles to other bookmarking sites like Digg, and a full screen reading mode that hides the toolbars to give the entire screen over to the content. If you'd like, Read It Later Pro can also lock its contents into portrait mode, keeping images and text upright even if you rotate your iPhone.

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