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And then there's Reading List, a feature introduced with Lion that lets you bookmark stories for later reading. Wait, wait, wait, bookmark? But why not just use a Bookmark? Well, let's take a look. So I'm going to go to one of my favorite websites. Say we'll go to Macworld. Now because I'm that kind of guy, I'm going to select one of my own stories, and then I'll choose Bookmarks > Add to Reading List, and you see the little icon go over and it appears where these glasses are.
That's Reading List. Now if I click on those glasses, I see my reading list. Alternatively, you can drag a URL to that same area and it will be added to your reading list. Now under Lion, these entries served only as Bookmarks, which means you could only view their contents if you were connected to the Internet. Now that's not the case with Mountain Lion's Reading List. You can read these things even when you're offline. So it makes a cached copy and it stores it on your Mac.
Plus, if you've turned on Safari's syncing in iCloud, these pages are shared to your other iCloud-compatible devices. So later on, if I want to read this story, all I have to do is click on it and it will appear in Safari, ready for me to read. Plus you can keep track of what you have and haven't read. So you can choose All, and that shows all the stories you have, or you can click on Unread, and that shows you just those stories that you haven't read all the way through.
If you like, you can clear your stories by clicking on Clear All, or you can delete individual stories simply by clicking on the X. And that's pretty much all the risk to Reading List. It's now more helpful now that it stores sites for offline reading, and unlike with a Bookmark, you can get a better idea of what you have and haven't read.
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