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Apple's Upcoming 'Reading List' for Safari to Compete with Instapaper and ReadItLater


Apple is working on a new feature for Safari in Apple's Mac OS X Lion that will bring a different kind of bookmarking functionality to the browser. Apple calls it "Reading List" and is meant to offer users a way to save pages for later reading. The new feature is described by Apple here:

Reading List lets you collect webpages and links for you to read later. To add the current page to your Reading List, click Add Page. You can also Shift-click a link to quickly add it to the list. To hide and show Reading List, click the Reading List icon (eyeglasses) in the bookmarks bar.


And the accompanying eyeglasses icon:

This feature is currently inactive and hidden within the latest Mac OS X Lion builds. Apple has not yet made any mention of the feature in any of their Mac OS X Lion documentation. The basic functionality would pit the feature directly against popular services such as Instapaper and ReadItLater. Apple's implementation appears to be partly based on HTML/js but it's not yet clear how robust a solution it will be. For example, one compelling feature of Instapaper and ReadItLater is the ability the synchronization of bookmarks across devices.

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44 months ago
How about allowing us to read iBooks on the computer, Apple?
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago
Or just open 100 tabs in Safari like I do.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago
ya, just from what we've seen so far, I'm not sure this is going to be as fully featured a thing as the 3rd party apps. cross-device syncing is a pretty big feature actually. so, it may help bring awareness to instapaper and readitlater. but we don't know the final features I guess.

Now if Apple includes MobileMe/iCloud syncing/centralization, it would be more worrisome.
Rating: 3 Votes
44 months ago
That's so cool! How's the stability of Safari in Lion? It beachballs all the time in Snow Leopard.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

ya, just from what we've seen so far, I'm not sure this is going to be as fully featured a thing as the 3rd party apps. cross-device syncing is a pretty big feature actually. so, it may help bring awareness to instapaper and readitlater. but we don't know the final features I guess.

Now if Apple includes MobileMe/iCloud syncing/centralization, it would be more worrisome.


I'm sure that if they did that, then he would probably look into moving into less Apple-centric markets (webOS, WP7, and possibly Android) so to avoid the Apple solution as much as possible.

Either way, Instapaper has a major heads-up as long as Apple doesn't release an API for apps to implement. Sending articles from Reeder on my iPhone to Instapaper is so simple, it's silly. If Apple can't compete there, it can't compete with Instapaper (for me).
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

I am sure Marco won't be very happy with this.


He's already said it's not an issue.


For once, he will consider going webOS and android.


Developing on Android is a joke. Maybe when it doesn't suck so bad, he'll consider it.
Rating: 2 Votes
44 months ago

Does it save the page to be able to read it later offline?

If yes, that could be cool.

Spid


We have been able to do that for years now by saving as a *.webarchive so there is nothing special here. Maybe it will be a feature expanded to support the cloud but even then it really isn't a big deal.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

I believe they should put their energy else where.


They do. Apple doesn't only have one employee you know.. And furthermore, if you pay Apple enough money, they will probably hire some extra employees to make an OS just for you, with none of the functions that you don't like. :rolleyes:
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago
Sounds good, but I don't want this to replace bookmarks. I have over 100 bookmarks for very important stuff, and without them I would be lost.
Rating: 1 Votes
44 months ago

I don't get it. What's the point? You can already save full webpages to your disk using safari. Just click file > save as > web archive.

So all this feature does is give you a bookmarks folder that you can access from different computers? A small number of people would find that useful, but I imagine that the vast vast majority of people would have absolutely no use for it.


Don't generalize and assume what people will like or not like. Instapaper and ReadItLater are very popular for a reason along with Pinboard.in and other services like it.

As MR already explained in the article, this is just a different kind of bookmarking.

There are some people who just bookmark links to revisit it later in the short term and there are some people who saves a copy of the web site for long term storage. Sites change all the time, there is no guarantee that a link will still work a week from now.

We also have no idea what it actually looks like. It may be a combo of Reader/WebArchive, where users can also switch between the Reader/Web versions.

This is just another feature for some users and it's not forced upon people who doesn't find it useful.

I guess I can see what you're saying, I suppose that would make it slightly easier since it saves you a couple of clicks. But still, that hardly makes it a special feature. It's basically just a "save" toolbar button with a default save folder location.



I suppose that might be useful to some people in some situations. But I think the vast majority of people would be just as happy syncing their regular old bookmark lists.


And they'd still be able to do that. This is just a bonus feature for certain people who prefer saving copies of their bookmarks instead of links.

This isn't a special feature, nobody is saying it is. MR is just reporting on what they found new in Safari and Lion. Yes, it's a minor new feature but it's still new.
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