Basically, you find a news or information article and save it to a service to be read later, when you’re not connected to the internet.
I’ve tried half a dozen of the read-it-later apps and don’t particularly care for all the effort required to find and save and read articles later. It just seems like too many steps in the age instant information. One of the better ones to come along is Pocket, which is free for Mac and iPhone. It does exactly what you think. Find an article of any kind online, save it to Pocket, and it shows up ready to read later, whether you’re using Mac or iPhone or iPad.
Interestingly enough, Pocket used to be called Read It Later. Go figure.
Pocket’s interface displays the maturity of having been around a few years. Pocket stores articles, video and pretty much anything else in a simple, easy to read manner.
Pocket is a good media citizen, too, and lets you save articles from over 300 different apps, including Twitter, Pulse, Zite, and Flipboard (my favorite).
Flipboard is really good to browse through hundreds of recent articles, but not so good about saving what’s interesting or needs to be stored for later reading. Pocket is better.
Once you save an article it gets synced up between Mac, iPhone, and iPad so you can read what you saved anytime, and almost anywhere.
I can’t claim to understand the Pocket business model, though. Free is nice, but if Pocket is to be used long term then there probably should be a longer term business model. Advertising?