Just because Google Reader has shut its doors doesn’t mean the replacements have stopped coming. Most of you have probably settled on an alternative, but Kouio is a new entry that focuses on speed and easy reading, without the bloat of other services. Plus, it imports your Google Reader feeds in one click.
Kouio rivals previously mentioned Newsvibe in simplicity. Signing up is as quick as entering an email address, the password you want to use, and checking a box for whether you want your Reader feeds imported or not.
The three-paned layout makes it easy to read without losing your place in your feeds — just click an article to have it load on the right side. If you prefer top-to-bottom, you can toggle that view, too. Your feeds can be organised into folders, and unsubscribing from one is as simple as clicking the “x” next to it in your feeds list.
Kouio is in beta, and while it looks great, it does come at a price. The service is free for the month of July (even if you miss out on the free month, you’ll always be able to try it for seven days completely free). After that, it will be $US5/month. The team behind the service say they charge for it so they can provide you a fast, good-looking RSS experience that will never shut down or pull the plug on you.
Kouio is definitely super-fast and looks great, but it has no mobile apps or sharing options. Still, the devs note on their blog that there are new features on the way. We think it’s worth trying out while it’s free — then you can decide whether you’re willing to pay.