Interested in the read-it-later iOS app Instapaper but don’t feel like shelling out $5 for it? Our sister blog Gadgetell reports that Starbucks is offering Instapaper as its “Free App of the Week”. To get it, you have to go to a Starbucks location and pick up a card with a code to redeem for the free app.

I’ve been using Instapaper a good deal lately in researching stories for this blog. I had been frustrated that Zite lacked a good way of marking articles to review (and blog) later, like the “star” option in Google Reader, and also that Reeder’s Readability function wouldn’t work on posts from news aggregators such as Google News, Techmeme, and Mediagazer. However, since both Zite and Reeder allow you to zap links across to Instapaper, the app has become my new go-to source for bookmarking those particular articles for later. I can even review my Instapapered articles online via the website—I don’t have to read them on my iPod Touch or iPad.

If you’ve got an iOS device and feel the urge to try it out, the price is certainly right. Go enjoy some free Starbucks wifi, and pick up Instapaper while you’re there.


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