I read news etc on my iPad, finding things to track and investigate on a computer later.

I don't use safari on my (hack)-intosh, so the reading-list on the iPad never occurred to me. Until today. I put the things I like in the reading list, and then move them out later.

Rob Mathers created a python script to dump the reading list!

From this thread on StackExchange

#!/usr/bin/env python
import plistlib
from shutil import copy
import subprocess
import os
from tempfile import gettempdir
import sys
import atexit

BOOKMARKS_PLIST = '~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist'
bookmarksFile = os.path.expanduser(BOOKMARKS_PLIST)

# Make a copy of the bookmarks and convert it from a binary plist to text
tempDirectory = gettempdir()
copy(bookmarksFile, tempDirectory)
bookmarksFileCopy = os.path.join(tempDirectory, os.path.basename(bookmarksFile))

def removeTempFile():

atexit.register(removeTempFile) # Delete the temp file when the script finishes

converted =['plutil', '-convert', 'xml1', bookmarksFileCopy])

if converted != 0:
    print "Couldn't convert bookmarks plist from xml format"

plist = plistlib.readPlist(bookmarksFileCopy)
 # There should only be one Reading List item, so take the first one
readingList = [item for item in plist['Children'] if 'Title' in item and item['Title'] == ''][0]

if 'Children' in readingList:
    for item in readingList['Children']:
        print item['URLString']

and wonder-of-wonders, a Factor version was also posted (forth-like language)!!!

: reading-list ( -- urls )
    "~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist" read-plist
    "Children" of [ "Title" of "" = ] find nip
    "Children" of [ "URLString" of ] map ;

See for details.