Alternatives to Reading List
If you don’t have the latest Safari installed or don’t plan on installing Lion to give you access to the syncing benefits of iCloud there are other options to the Reading List. These options have been around for a while and have the benefit of working cross-platform from Mac to Windows to Linus to iOS to Android, etc. These are Instapaper and ReadItLater, and the both work in a similar way.
Both services are free and allow you to create a Reading List through your account at either site. You can then login to your account on these sites and have access to your list of sites wherever you are in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Both services also have free and paid iOS apps for easier access on your iOS devices.
Unlike Apple’s Reading List which is built into the browser you add sites to your account through bookmarklets. The site provides a link that you drag to your bookmark bar in your browser. When you are at a site you want to add to your list you click the bookmarklet (which is linked to your account) and the link is automatically sent to your account’s list of links.
Many Mac apps and iOS apps also have one or both of these services built into them. For example, my RSS reader of choice Reeder has the ability to send a link from an article to Instapaper and/or ReadItLater. Until apps have built-in support for Reading List, I will still be using ReadItLater and Reading List.
Many people prefer Instapaper to ReadItLater. I actually prefer ReadItLater. When I was trying both I found ReadItLater fit my preferences better and I liked the way the iOS app worked. Both do the same thing so I would suggest trying them out and picking the one you like better or use both.
Whichever service or services you choose to use I have found the lists of links very useful, and I am confident you will too.