Read Later is an app that lets you save web pages on your iPhone/iPod for offline reading. Not the first app to do that? Well it’s integrated with delicious.com so any bookmarks you tag with a to_read tag (or any tag of your choice) are detected by the app and downloaded for offline reading.
And when you’re finished reading the article on your iPhone, hitting the ‘mark as read’ button sends a request to delicious and your read_later tag is removed. Nice, simple and clean. And currently free in the AppStore.
The articles are a pleasure to read on the iPhone. All flashing ads, graphics and irrelevant distractions are removed for you. You just get the cleaned text for easy reading. The app’s description says it best:
All web pages are cleaned and stripped of irrelevant adverts for easy reading on the iPhone.
Store hundreds of webpages on your iPhone
Read Later remembers which article your were last reading
Sync your iPhone with your Delicious account to get our latest bookmarks
Apparently there are currently 1.5m “to_read” and similar tags on delicious so there must be a lot of folks using this system to flag articles for later reading. Check it out.
Do you want to design your own iPhone app, but don’t know how to get started?
Well, Luke Kilpatrick not only runs Fire On The Bay, San Francisco’s Adobe Fireworks User Group, but he designs apps for a living. In this video interview with Robert Scoble, Kilpatrick shows how you can get started without writing any code or doing anything too hard.
Yes, it’s only a mock-up, but if you get it started like this, then you have something you can show your friends to see if they are interested before you spend a ton of cash on a development team.