I listen to podcasts when walking around. If I’m sat on the bus or tube I read things I’ve saved to Instapaper. Thing is, I’ve always got more Instapaper articles than podcasts - in fact my saved articles are pretty out of control at this point.
I’ve just discovered how to turn newly saved articles into a podcast. Here’s how:
- Sign up to SoundGecko.
- Sign up to IFTTT and enable an email or Gmail channel if you haven’t already.
- Use this Instapaper to SoundGecko IFTTT recipe. It takes an RSS feed from Instapaper and turns that into emails (you can email articles to SoundGecko - you can add RSS feeds too, but I couldn’t get this to work directly). You just need to add your Instapaper RSS feed and a ‘To address’ to get the recipe to work.
- Getting an RSS feed from Instapaper is trickier since the redesign but this video will show you how to do it. You can either get a feed from your unread items or just from a particular folder.
- The ‘To address’ should be email@example.com (info on the FAQ page if you need it).
- To listen to your transcribed articles, download the SoundGecko app or subscribe to your SoundGecko feed via your podcast app of choice (I like Downcast on the iPhone). You can get your feed from the account preferences page.
And that’s it. Happy listening.
A few notes:
Once you’ve listened to an article via SoundGecko, you’ll still need to go into Instapaper to archive or delete it.
On SoundGecko’s free plan there’s a limit of 4,000 words per article. If you’re regularly hitting that cut-off then $2.95/month to upgrade is presumably worth it.
If you use Pocket, adding an RSS feed might be more straightforward. I’ve not tried that though. In any case, on the free SoundGecko plan you can only add one RSS feed, so sending things via email would get you round that limit.