Several news articles over the past few days have trumpeted a 600% increase in downloads of the popular reading app 'Instapaper' ever since the Nexus 7 started shipping two weeks ago. Jeff Rock, one of the founders of 'Mobelux', the makers of the app shared some stats that showed that the Nexus 7 very quickly has taken the #1 spot in downloads with 15.58% of Instapaper's downloads going to the device. He credits the $25 Google Play credit for part of this but Jeff also attributes it to the success of the Nexus 7: "7″ tablets are great for reading,” says Rock, “and the Nexus 7 is the first Android device to garner significant interest I’ve seen in the iOS-leaning dev and enthusiast crowd.” So just what is Instapaper? Well let's have a look shall we and see if it's something you'll want on your new Nexus 7.
This video shows Instapaper for Android on an HTC phone but the functionality is identical on the Nexus 7 with the benefit of a larger screen.
- Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
- Dark mode and brightness control for night reading
- Automatic Dark mode switching for sunset times in your location (not all devices support this feature)
- Folders for organization
- Share via web browser and any app that supports sharing
- Rotation lock
- Download up to 500 articles on your phone or tablet, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
Instapaper is an app that let's you download web pages for later reading. What's great about Instapaper is that it strips out all the extraneous content such as ads and pictures and gives you a text-only version of the article that is perfectly formatted for your Nexus 7's 7 inch screen. It then saves it to your device and let's you read everything you've saved 'OFFLINE" wherever you may be...subway, car, airplane...there's no Wi-Fi connection required.
You can customize Instapaper to your liking with adjustable fonts, sizes, line spacing and margins. There's a 'dark mode' and brightness controls for night time reading. You can also organize you downloads in folders and share your articles with any modern browser that supports sharing. Instapaper let's you save up to 500 articles on your device and if you need to save more you can store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website. It's really a terrific and time saving app and it'll pay for itself in time saved from having to hunt down those articles you wanted to remember to read. Grab it for only $2.99 at the Google Play store at the link below.TheNextWeb