I'm a total bookworm but I have to get my daily fix of blog reading too in order to stay inspired and keep up with the latest news on my three favorite topics - digital, fashion and food. While chatting with friends, it surprised me that most people I know don't make use of Google Reader, my go-to source for a good hour-long blog reading session. Google Reader is one of the easiest online tools to access all the blogs you read in one place. Here's a breakdown of the best blog reading tools online, including Google Reader.
Google Reader: For people who already have Google accounts, you automatically have Google Reader as well. Getting started is easy, just click on the "add subscription" button at the top lefthand corner with the blue + arrow, then paste a link to one of the blogs you read. That's it, and you can start scrolling through stories. Google Reader automatically marks articles as read as you scroll through them.
Feedly: My current favorite blog browsing experience is through Feedly, who recently announced Feedly 2.0, the first version to run on both mobile and tablets. For those of us who don't have the luxury of Flipboard on the iPad, Feedly offers a similar experience but across multiple platforms. You can connect your Google Reader to Feedly, which displays the blogs in a magazine-like format that gives a wonderful user experience. Feedly also lets you explore new blogs curated specifically under categories like finance, design or UI. I love using Feedly on the iPad, but it works just as well on mobile and there are also Firefox and Chrome extensions of the tool.
Issuu: This site has been around for years, and I'm surprised more people haven't adopted it. Issuu is one of the first sites to create an online "magazine reading" experience. One of my favorite Issuu powered magazines is Rue. I like reading stuff on Issuu at full screen so you can read the content and flip through each page like a magazine.
Instapaper (for reading later): And lastly for the people who don't have time to read blogs during the day but find great things while on the day job, Instapaper is the tool for you. Whatever interesting content you discover during the day but don't have time to read, file it into "Read Later." It works across the iPad, Kindle, your computer, or you can print those articles out. Happy reading!
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