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High-quality alternatives to Google Reader

High-quality alternatives to Google Reader


Pro: Highlighter feature identifies important stories using keywords; easy sharing with Facebook Twitter, and Google Plus; better looking than Google Reader

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Con: Adding new sites can be difficult; occasional buggy performance; can’t directly install Google Reader sites; available only through Web browsers.

The Old Reader

Pro: Visually attractive layout; sites can be sorted into folders; handy feature instantly identifies “dead” sites that are rarely updated; social features let you share favorite sites with Facebook friends.

Con: Folder feature is relatively hard to use; can’t directly install Google Reader sites; available only through Web browsers.


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Pro: Gorgeous magazine-style layout; can import favorite sites directly from Google Reader; runs on iOS and Android phones and tablets

Con: Not available for desktop computers; screen layout makes it hard to quickly view multiple news items on smartphones


Pro: Available for PCs, iOS and Android phones and tablets; attractive design; allows easy sorting of sites into topic folders; excellent tools for finding and adding new sites.

Con: Lacks a browser plug-in for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

Hiawatha Bray can be reached at
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