You can read news articles on your Kindle or Kobo: here’s how

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Your Kindle or Kobo isn’t just for reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks. On the contrary, these can also serve as an excellent medium for reading press articles. Read on to find out how.

Now, reading news articles through Kindle or Kobo is not a default feature with any device. Instead, you do this with read-and-read extensions like Pocket or Instapaper that will allow you to easily save articles to devices. The process begins with creating an account with Pocket or Instapaper – we’ll help you decide later – and setting up sharing extensions in your browser which may be on your phone, laptop, or whatever. With all of that done, you can easily save articles for later reading on your Kindle or Kobo device.

Compare Pocket with Instapaper

Once we have the basic idea of ​​the later reading service, now is the time to have everything you need to know with Pocket and Instapaper to help you decide on one or the other. The basic operation of Instapaper and Pocket remains the same in that both will allow you to save articles for later viewing on your eReader. Both have free and paid subscription plans, but also differ in their free and premium offerings.

Instapaper

For example, with the Instapaper free plan, you can have an unlimited number of backups while there is also folder support available to organize the saved items. Another huge advantage of Instapaper is that it is cross-platform compatible and allows for third-party API integration.

The paid plan requires spending $ 2.99 per month, which will allow you to perform a full-text search or create text-to-speech playlists. There will also be the option for unlimited highlights or the creation of your own Kindle Digest, which is a compilation of several articles but with the appearance of an e-book.

Poached

The Pocket read-later service also allows saving an unlimited number of articles as well as cross-platform compatibility. However, unlike Instapaper, there is no folder support. Instead, there is the tagging feature for associating related items.

The Paid Pocket plan, however, is more expensive at $ 4.99 per month. For that amount, you get unlimited highlights, custom fonts, and self-suggestive tags for better user convenience. In addition, there is also the option to save an item permanently on your device. So even if the original article is deleted or changed, you will still have your saved article close at hand.

Pocket vs Instapaper: which to choose

When deciding on a device’s point of view, those who have the Kindle e-reader will do better with Instapaper. Indeed, Instapaper allows you to send summaries directly from your account. Plus, your summaries on Instapaper are much better on Kindle as well. That’s not to say that Kindle owners can’t subscribe to Pocket. It’s just that you will need to have a P2K or Pocket2Kindle account.

The Kobo e-reader is better suited to Pocket since with the Kobo, you can synchronize directly with your Pocket account. You can access all your saved articles from the My articles section under Following from Kobo Home screen. The Pocket Text-to-Speech feature available under the paid level also has a more natural sound while allowing you to store over 500 items in offline mode. With Instapaper, it is precisely 500 articles that you can store in offline mode.

To note

The thing to keep in mind is that Pocket and Instapaper should be enough for those who have a lot of articles to read regularly, and they would rather do it on a suitable e-reader than on other devices such as laptop, smartphone. , tablet, etc. Reading via an e-reader has its own advantages, one of which is easy readability thanks to the E-Paper display. In addition, e-readers provide pure reading pleasure without any of the distractions usually associated with other devices.

However, for those who need to read newspaper articles every now and then, the Amazon Send to Kindle option might be a better choice. There is the Send to Kindle extension available on Google Chrome which can be used to send articles to Kindle with just the click of a button. The feature is also completely free and should be sufficient for occasional reading. For dedicated reading, there is always Pocket or Instapaper to fall back on. You just have to select the one that suits you best.

Amanda J. Marsh