Aug
22
2016
Read It Later or Read It Never ?

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I really like this comic.
I try to read/learn something every day.

 

Sometimes, when I find an interesting article, I like to mark it for reading it later.

 

I use many forms of marking, like pin tabs, bookmarking, sending url via email, save the html page to a folder, save it to my wallabag instance, leave my browser open to this tab, send the URL QR to my phone etc etc etc.

 

Are all the above ways productive?

 

None … the time to read something is now!
I mean the first time you lay your eyes upon the article.

 

Not later, not when you have free time, now.

 

That’s the way it works with me. Perhaps with you something else is more productive.

 

I have a short attention span and it is better for me to drop everything and read something carefully that save it for later or some other time.

 

When I really have to save it for later, my preferable way is to save it to my wallabag instance. It’s perfect and you will love it.

 

I also have a kobo ebook (e-ink) reader. Not the android based.
From my wallabag I can save them to epub and export them to my kobo.

 

But I am lazy and I never do it.

 

My kobo reader has a pocket (getpocket) account.

 

So I’ve tried to save some articles but not always pocket can parse properly the content of an article. Not even wallabag always work 100%.

 

The superiority of wallabag (and self-hosted application) is that when a parsing problem occurs I can fix them! Open a git push request and then EVERYBODY in the community will be able to read-this article from this content provider-later. I cant do something like that with pocket or readability.

 

And then … there are ads !!! Lots of ads, Tons of ads !!!

 

There is a correct way to do ads and this is when you are not covering the article you want people to read!
The are a lot of wrong ways to do ads: inline the text, above the article, hiding some of the content, make people buy a fee, provide an article to small pages (you know that height in HTML is not a problem, right?) and then there is bandwidth issues.

When I am on my mobile, I DONT want to pay extra for bandwidth I DIDNT ask and certainly do not care about it!!!
If I read the article on my tiny mobile display DO NOT COVER the article with huge ads that I can not find the X-close button because it doesnt fit to my display !!!

So yes, there is a correct way to do ads and that is by respecting the reader and there is a wrong way to do ads.

 

Getting back to the article’s subject, below you will see six (6) ways to read an article on my desktop. Of course there are hundreds ways but there are the most common ones:

 

Article: The cyberpunk dystopia we were warned about is already here


https://versions.killscreen.com/cyberpunk-dystopia-warned-already/
 

Extra info:
windows width: 852
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  1. Pocket
  2. Original Post in Firefox 48.0.1
  3. Wallabag
  4. Reader View in Firefox
  5. Chromium 52.0.2743.116
  6. Midori 0.5.11 - WebKitGTK+ 2.4.11
 

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I believe that Reader View in Firefox is the winner of this test. It is clean and it is focusing on the actual article.
Impressive !

Tag(s): wallabag