Read-It-Later Services and Archiving - Help
June 28, 2014 9:59 PM Subscribe
I have about 1500 articles "archived" on Instapaper. I thought it always
retrieved the local cached copy from my app or Instapaper. However, whenever there is an internet connection on my iPad, it will attempt to get the article from the original URL and if it's not there, tell me it's not available. >>>details inside
posted by Gerard Sorme to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
However, if I shut-off WiFi, Instapaper will show me the "local" copy on the iPad. When using the web interface of Instapaper you have no access to a cached copy at all. At instapaper.com if you click on an article it "parses" the article from the original URL each and every time.
I found all of this out the hard way. I took my laptop to a group to show an article I had archived on Instapaper. Well, with the web interface of Instapaper you are out of luck if the original URL is gone. I was embarrassed and that was that. So, "archived" (if it's an article that is no longer at the original URL) depends on using the app only with WiFi OFF. Forget it with the web UI at Instapaper. This seems all too convoluted to me and I may be ready to switch read-it-later services.
What service is available that will allow me to always have access to the article I have "archived" - no matter what? In other words, one that is parsed into easy-to-read format and cached at the service site - even if the URL no longer exists for the original article.
Confusing, I know. But the Instapaper response to my problem was way more confusing. It makes no sense. If the original article is gone from a blog or whatever, I still want to know my article is saved and I can retrieve it any way I want to. By the way, I am a "subscriber" to Instapaper ($12 a year) and thought surely I was covered. Not so. That's just the way it is.
What service will give me what I need? Thoughts? Ideas? As always, in advance, thank you!