The sun setting of Google Reader is fast approaching, and this RSS enthusiast has settled on Feedly as the prime alternative. Thus far, Feedly has responded well, transforming itself from a mere app using Google Reader as its backend into a cloud-based RSS system.
Newsvibe (Free) — Newsvibe is about as basic as it can get and if you just want a reader featuring black text on a white background with no other features, then you have found your match. Well, there are folders and stars, but that is it! Even better, there are no ads.
Pulse (Free) — For the visual reader, Pulse becomes the complete opposite of Newsvibe, as it transforms your RSS feeds into Huffingtonpost-like front page news items.
CurataReader (Free) — CurataReader purports to be “the cleanest reader” and it is tough to argue with that claim when you look at it. While it is minimalist like Newsvibe with its black text on white background, it is somehow sexier with smoother font.
NewsBlur (Free for up to 64 sites, $24/yr for 65+ sites) – NewsBlur offers a desktop-like feel from the web, as it provides views of the actual pages instead of just the text from the RSS feed. This is its best feature, as most readers require an extra click to visit the site.
The Old Reader (Free) — The Old Reader aims to incorporate sharing features for your friends via Facebook, Google, and The Old Reader network. The interface is very basic, which is a plus for minimalists.
Whichever reader you choose, move quickly, as the end of Google Reader is almost here.
By Scott Manning
Online Learning Tips, Student Contributor
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