There are several apps that save articles from the web to read later, including Instapaper and of course, Evernote, which is my #1 app. A relatively new entrant to this market is Pocket, an update to the app Read Later. Being a visual person, I love the setup of Pocket for viewing your saved information, either in a list or as a grid. You can save all sorts of files to Pocket, including articles, videos, RSS feeds, images, and more.
In addition to directly saving to Pocket on the web, you can use a Chrome extension as a bookmarklet, you can add information via email with the unique firstname.lastname@example.org address, and you can add to your Pocket account from any mobile device you use, including Kindle.
So what are the benefits of using a “read later”-type app, and why do I use Pocket?
There is much more information on the web that interests us than we can read in one sitting. Saving articles, images, quotes, videos, and other types of data in an app like Pocket helps you to save what interests you for easy access at a later time and also gives you the opportunity to read your saved information from any mobile device. Pocket has a tagging functionality that you can use as you save your information; searching by tags keeps similar entries together, and you can also use the categories in the sidebar to organize your different types of information.
For me, using Pocket to save information on the web or any of my many devices is often just quicker than saving to Evernote. However, I also use Zapier, a web automation app, to seamlessly copy some items I save in Pocket into Evernote. Because what I’ve saved in Pocket is tagged, I can choose which kinds of information to copy in the background into specific Evernote notebooks. Some pre-planning is necessary, but after that is done, everything else is automatic, syncing in real-time and instantly available on all of my devices.
I really enjoying using Pocket. As a standalone option, or as an addition to Evernote, you may find Pocket is the right web curation app for you, too.