From Merlin Mann:
When you’re in line at the ATM or the professional sporting event, what do you do?
If you’re like a lot of people, you hit your mobile device like a pigeon on a goddamned pellet. Then, you decide what happens.
Thing is, you could also decide to read. Just for a couple minutes. Maybe more. Maybe less. Who knows. It’s your decision.
When you spend enough time on the subway, you start to notice just how much time we decide to waste (and yes, I’m as guilty of this as the next guy) on mindless games like Angry Birds. We decide to look at these brief moments as something to be squandered rather than spent.
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, better for making the most of these little moments than Marco Arment’s Instapaper. In fact, if you own any iOS device of any kind and do not use this app, punch yourself in the face, then go to the App store and give the man his $5. If you are just digging into your new iPhone 4S, you can skip the face punching, but this is a one-time offer.
I’ve decided to read and decided to create more than I ever imagined since Instapaper came into my life. I’ve decided to geek out and go deeper into the topics I love. I’ve decided to read that thing that I wanted to read, but would have forgotten about again and again and again. I could go on forever about why you should download this app, but I think Merlin sums it up best:
If you’ve decided that you want to read, Marco’s app will really help you. He’s removed any phony barriers you’ve built about “not having time” or “not having it with you” or “not knowing where to put it.” There are no excuses, apart from the superficial animated ones you’ve constructed out of cartoon birds.