10 of the Best Bookmarking Tools for the Web

Save and Organize Your Favorite Stories to Read Them Later

There’s information all over the web. Consider the following scenario: You come across an enticing article, but you’ve got other things to do before you can get around to reading it. What do you do? Leave it open in your browser? Email the link to yourself?

No, you use your favorite bookmarking tool so you can easily access it later when you have time. But what if you don’t have a favorite bookmarking tool? Well, that’s why I put the following list together featuring some of the best tools on the web today.

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Instapaper is one of the most popular bookmarking tools on the web today, and one of the best aspects of it is that it’s versatile enough to use on all your devices including your computer, on your Kindle, on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or even on plain white paper. Simply press the “Read Later” button to come back later and read web pages when you have more time. More »

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Xmarks is another leading bookmarking tool and works with most popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It actually syncs up all your bookmarks with every browser platform between devices, including mobile phones. They also backup your bookmarks on a daily basis for easy recovery. More »

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Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket allows you to put almost anything directly from your browser and even from other web apps like Twitter, Email, Flipboard and Pulse. Pocket is easy to use even for beginners that have never bookmarked a single page in their lives. You don’t need an internet connection to read stuff stored in Pocket and they can be viewed from a range of devices including tablets and smartphones. More »

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Readability turns any web page into a clean and simple page that’s ready for viewing at your convenience on your computer, smartphone or tablet. You can download it for free to your desktop and there are also iOS and Android apps available. Readability does a great job at cleaning up cluttered pages and really helps simplify your reading experience. More »

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If you’re into more visual content and love collecting photos, you need to be on Pinterest. Pinterest allows you to create as many organized pinboards as you want so you can easily post images to them. All you have to do is download the Pinterest toolbar button so you can pin anything you stumble across while web browsing. Just hit “Pin It” and the tool pulls all the images from the webpage so you can start pinning. More »

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Delicious has been around for longer than most of the bookmarking tools mentioned above. It’s simple and it works. You can collect and share stuff easily while also gaining the opportunity to dig through bookmarks kept by people within the community. As with most bookmarking tools, it’s free to sign up and you can organize all your pages by category so you can enjoy them again and again. More »

If you have yet to discover the amazing organizational possibilities of the cloud-based tool Evernote, now's your chance! While you can use Evernote for so much more than bookmarking, its Web Clipper tool is just what you'll need for easily saving any page into a notebook within your Evernote account and tagging it accordingly. You can also use it to simply save the contents of a web page in full or in selected portions. More »

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Trello is sort of like a mix between Pinterest and Evernote, functioning as a personal or team-based collaboration tool for sharing information and performing tasks. You use it to build lists of other lists containing cards of information. Trello also has a convenient browser add-on that you can find right here, which you can drag to your bookmarks and then use whenever you're visiting a web page that you'd like to save as a card. More »

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Bitly is mainly known as a link shortener and marketing tool, but anyone can use it as a bookmarking tool as well. You can install the Bitly Chrome extension or bookmarklet to easily save any web page as a bitlink to your account. All of your links will be viewable under "Your Bitlinks." You can also add tags to them to keep them organized and use the search function to find the ones you want at a later time. More »

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Flipboard is a personal magazine app that you'll really appreciate if you love the layout of a classic magazine. While you don't necessarily need to save your own links to it to start using it since it will show you articles and posts based on what's being shared by people throughout your social networks, you also have the opportunity to curate your own magazines with links that you collect. The easiest way to do this is to install the bookmarklet or Chrome extension. More »