Five Best Google Reader Replacements

Five Best Google Reader Replacements

We’re all seriously bummed about Google Reader shutting down. However, while its departure does leave a big RSS-shaped hole in the universe, there are others news reading apps and services out there stepping up to replace it with syncing features and easy import tools to keep you organised. In this week’s Hive Five, we’re going to highlight five of the best, based on your nominations.

We offered up a list of Google Reader alternatives the same day news of the closure broke, but it’s worth revisiting the topic with the benefit of reader input. The services highlighted below all emulate the best features of Reader itself: syncing, multi-platform, web-accessible. There are many more options out there (make the case for your favourite in the comments), but these are all solid choices.

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Honourable mentions this week go out to TinyTinyRSS, a self-hosted RSS reading app that allows you to grab your feeds on any system, as long as you have a web host and you’re comfortable installing and setting it up. The Since there’s a Tiny Tiny RSS Android client to go with it, it’s worth a look. Plus, it’s free and open source, which means at the end of the day you own your feeds and your data, and it won’t shut down on you.

We should also remind everyone that Google Reader isn’t going anywhere just yet; the service doesn’t shut down until July 1, which gives plenty of time for new options to emerge. Many of the popular apps will roll their own syncing agent and try to stay alive in a post Google Reader-universe. Reeder, our favourite news reader for Mac and iOS, has already it is working on something, as is Feedly. Sadly, FeedDemon, our favourite for Windows, says the end of Google Reader is the end for it too.

Know of another alternative we haven’t discussed yet? Tell us in the comments.


  • Most of my Google Reader feeds are from less popular blogs that are unlikely to surface as recommendations in other news aggregators. I need to keep track of what’s been posted, so can’t rely on the more short-term window that’s offered by Twitter or Facebook. My main app is GReader on Android. I suspect that they and others are now exploring an alternative database system for feeds. I do use Google Reader feeds for other news apps like Flipbook for casual browsing, so I will look to who ends up with the most popular feed database.
    Feedly is nice to look at, but you still have to go to the website to read the full article and it doesn’t have offline reading, so its use is limited.
    The abandonment of Google Reader and the decision to exclude Adblock Plus from Google Play seems a watershed moment. Google has broken the illusion that it could be a corporation looking for long term growth by sharing its resources with users. I’m not longer so keen on putting all my eggs in their basket.

    • Cant blame Google for shutting down a unprofitable product. Maybe it has 2 million users, but how many Gmail users there are? 200? I’m a fan of Google Reader and love its simplicity, but well, bad luck.

      Now, Google, well, you said it, is a corporation, looks for profit. If you understand its model you will understand that an ad blocker has no room in it. Nothing is free in life.

  • So far the best alternative I’ve found is Netvibes’ reader mode, it works well even if it is a bit slower then GReader. Newsblur was OK but just wasn’t what I was looking for. Feedly and Pulse just aren’t right for what I’m lloking for.

    I am trying the oldreader out so we’ll see how that works.

  • First they announce igoogle is going, now Google Reader. Both products which I use daily and in combination. I’m not sure what their game is here, google reader has a massive user base.

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