Meaty content

A few days ago, I wrote about how much I love Instapaper for reading long, juicy articles on my iPhone.  That may, in fact, have been like writing about air — everyone knows everything about it already!  As I go about my day, I use the Instapaper bookmarklet to save content for later, but sometimes I find my self about to run out the door to some appointment where I know I’ll have time to kill and I want to “top off” the articles in Instapaper with meaty goodness beforehand. These are my go-to sources when I’m in a hurry:

  • Give me Something to Read is operated by Instapaper.  An editor handpicks articles that are displayed in blog format, with the first paragraph or so showing above the cut.  There’s a button to click if the article looks interesting enough to continue reading — and that button loads it into Instapaper for you.  There’s usually a very nice assortment of topics and styles to choose from.  There’s also a Best of 2010 list.
  • Arts and Letters Daily. This is an obvious source, but the best source here, after ALD’s picks, is the sidebar, especially the “Nota Bene” and magazine sections. A few clicks, and I’m almost guaranteed to find content that intrigues me.
  • Boston Globe Books section is my favorite source for really in-depth book reviews, of the kind that provide information, context and content, not just a review of the book.
  • Google Reader. I have a serious love/hate relationship with Google reader. On the one hand, Google knows enough about me. On the other? Convenience, ease of use, and that little link at the bottom of each feed that says “send to” — click that and you can send anything to Instapaper. It’s like crack.

Posted on December 5th, 2010 by Katxena

2 Comments a “Meaty content”

  1. Allen MacKenzie says:

    Two more for you:

    * - Also curated, like Give Me Something to Read, but the editors have a bias that may or may not appeal to you. (They have written thoughtfully about their biases somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it now.)

    * - I don’t tend to follow this one as closely, as my Instapaper queue seems to always be plenty long. But occasionally I go here and find good stuff.

    Both have Twitter accounts (@longformorg and @longreads), too.

  2. Katxena says:

    Longform looks really good. I’m off to explore longreads. Thanks for the pointers.