4 Replacements for Google Reader

A previous post discussing 7 RSS readers to consider for keeping up with sites you monitor included Google Reader. With the July 1 sunset date for Google Reader fast approaching, now is the time for die-hard fans to consider possible replacements.

Feedly – This is the easiest option as it brings over all the sites you are currently monitoring in Google Reader. It is web and mobile accessible, an important feature in our growing mobile world. The web application only works on Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers. Feedly has a very clean and easy-to-use interface, syncs across all mobile devices, and offers great viewing customization options.

NewsBlur  – Like Feedly, NewsBlur is available on both the web and as  a mobile app for Apple and Droid devices. It most closely resembles Google Reader, although in a slightly busier, less appealing interface. Free accounts are limited to monitoring only 64 blogs. Premium accounts allowed an unlimited number of blogs and cost $24/year.

NetVibes – An excellent choice for beginners and seasoned RSS users alike. It serves up a pre-selected set of suggested feeds and also allows subscribing to your own chosen feeds. Unfortunately, it does not have a mobile app, but does offer a mobile-friendly website.

LawRachet – A new and unique pre-populated law specific RSS Reader that, like NetVibes, is an ideal choice for the beginner or as a supplement to one of the above readers. It covers the following areas of law: corporate, technology, Scotus, litigation and sports, as well as more general topics such as law school, legal industry, and policy and politics. The downside is the inability to add your own personal blogs to the site. In other words, you get what it feeds you.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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One Response to 4 Replacements for Google Reader

  1. Brian Jones says:

    I would also highly recommend FlipBoard for iOS. LawRatchet also makes a great iPad app.

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