Replacing Reader

From 1 July Google Reader will be no more. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and wondering where I’d move my RSS feed reading/syncing to, and have very unscientifically made the move to Feedbin.

Unfortunately I’ve found very few comparisons of the services that have sprung up to fill the void left by Google Reader. There are a few options, and reviews of several of them, but no real objective assessment as to which one is best, or perhaps more correctly, best suited to me.

Sites like ReplaceReader suggest most people are going to Feedly, which is free, but after seeing Google Reader go away I’m inclined towards a paid service in the hope it will contribute to ongoing development and support (Feedbin is $2 per month or $20 per year).

But I’m not yet convinced Feedbin will be where I’ll stay. Its web app is okay, if not blazingly fast (I used to use Google’s web interface a lot) and it is supported by Reeder on the iPhone, which was my iPhone app of choice while using Google Reader[1]. But maybe there is something out there that better suits my needs?

I haven’t yet found an everyday iPad reader for Feedbin [2], but it does work with Slow Feeds. It’s an interesting concept to help discover content you might otherwise miss, but I’m not sure if it could become my everyday reading app. That said, I know Reeder and others are on the way.

But what I really miss from Google Reader is that web view that let me scroll infinitely through the content of my unread feeds. Most readers present a three pane view on the desktop and iPad, which doesn’t suit my reading style[3].

I heard about AOL’s beta Reader today, and it may be worth checking out. It sounds like it may offer the infinitely scrolling view I miss from Google’s web app, but so far there don’t appear to be any iOS client apps, and I’m not sure what AOL’s business model for the service is.

On the up side, Feedbin lets users import and export subscriptions, and it looks like at least some other services, like AOL’s, will do the same. So moving, should I choose to, shouldn’t be a drama.

If you’ve had good experiences with other services, let me know, I’d be keen to hear.


  1. Although Reeder doesn’t yet offer support on the iPad or Mac.  ↩

  2. The web app almost requires using the iPad in landscape mode, of which I’m not a fan.  ↩

  3. I can live with the summary view on the iPhone.  ↩