Make my Instapaper instantly paper
January 28, 2015 8:57 AM   Subscribe

I build up quite a bit of reading in my online skimming, but I want to be able to export all that into some kind of newspapery or magaziney template that I can print out and read in the paper-world. Reading off a screen just isn't doing it for me anymore.

Surely there is a service or app I can port to to do this, or should I create my own template via Word (or use a newsletter template), and do the ol' cut-n-paste? I don't just want to print out pdfs of things - my eyes can handle smallish type and enjoy the multi-column layout of magazines and newspapers.
posted by ikahime to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Does the download printable option work for you? Click on your email address > Download > Printable. Also has ebook formats.
posted by michaelh at 9:04 AM on January 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Yeah, I'm looking for something a little slicker looking than just a rough printout. More formatted in a magazine or newspaper style.
posted by ikahime at 9:35 AM on January 28, 2015

Wait, so you want to print newspaper and magazine articles in your own template and read the paper copies? Why not just subscribe to a few different magazines? It's going to be much cheaper and far less time consuming. Not sure what type of articles you're looking for but I recommend The Week for staying generally informed, it's mostly pulls from other media.
posted by Locobot at 10:16 AM on January 28, 2015

Response by poster: Because not everything I scrape from the web is a magazine or newspaper. Blog articles are one example. And I'm not looking for articles. I've found them already. I do have a few paper mags I subscribe to - it's the online stuff I want to liberate.
posted by ikahime at 10:25 AM on January 28, 2015

I realize this doesn't answer the formatting part, but another person had his queue printed as a book.
posted by Monochrome at 10:52 AM on January 28, 2015

Would something like this fit your requirements?

I initially thought about paperlater, but when I went to the site I found out that it was shut down a few months ago. (More information here)
posted by gemutlichkeit at 11:44 AM on January 28, 2015

How do you feel about Kindles? It's possible to configure Instapaper to send a regular digest of articles to your Kindle (not quite print, but e-ink is easier to read than a regular screen).
posted by girlgenius at 3:01 PM on January 28, 2015

Response by poster: I'm pretty dedicated to paper (no to the Kindle), so the book idea is great, especially since I'm a bookbinder, although my backlog is not nearly as vast as his. Too bad about paperlater. As for newspaperclub- that's the idea, but at $50+ for a one off, it's cost-prohibitive.
I've just started using a newsletter template and doing the cut-paste dance. We'll see how it goes.
posted by ikahime at 7:11 AM on January 29, 2015

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