an email-based bookmarking service


forlater is an email-based bookmarking service. You send us an email with a link (or links), and receive a readable, clutter-free version of the article in an email.

This is a “paid service” — you just pay how much ever you want via:

I insist that you try it out before you do; you can better gauge how much value you derive from forlater. It’s completely fine if you don’t want to pay too!

how does it work?

Easy. Do this:

All pages are sent as both text/html and text/plain. The plaintext is optimized for maximum readability, with all images and links converted to footnotes. The HTML is minimally styled, and should look fine in just about any mail client.

but why email?

The reason is simple: you get organization for free. All mail sent by us originate from (notice saved!), and you can filter these however you like.

For example, here’s a sieve filter for redirecting mail from to a folder called Read Later.

require ["fileinto", "mailbox"];
if address "From" ""
    fileinto :create "Read Later";

Or, if you use GMail, you can create filter rules to automatically label mail from

In short: do it however you like! That’s the beauty of email.

important notes

forlater is still beta quality software. The web is hard, and so is email. Some pages might not get parsed properly; if you’re trying to save pages that don’t primarily have much text, it probably won’t work very well.

All that said, forlater is generally feature complete. I’m its biggest user and it does everything I need. You are free to suggest features, but I probably won’t implement them unless I myself find it useful.


If you’re having issues of any kind (didn’t receive your saved link; link didn’t render correctly; etc.), please feel free to email me with relevant details at and I’ll be happy to take a look.