Saturday, 8 June 2013

Five of the best social reader apps


Five of the best social reader apps

Need to keep up on your reading? Need help just deciding what to read? You’ve come to the right place. While tablets and mobiles with internet connections have made it easier than ever to read the news or even a novel on the bus, it can be tough to know where to even start with so much to choose from online.

That’s where social readers, apps that pull together the must read articles from your friends on social networks and other sources, come in. Grab one of these and you’ll never be bored when you’re stuck on the train again. Here are five of the best social readers for your mobile or tablet that will keep you on top of all your feeds.


Flipboard is one of the most jam-packed reader apps available right now: it takes your social feeds and favourite sites and turns them into a gorgeous digital magazine that’s tailored just for you to flip through. A recent update to the app now lets you even curate your own magazines, through either saving articles within the app or through a bookmarklet on your desktop browser, plus you can share them with friends too and subscribe to other people’s magazines.


While it’s similar to Flipboard in that it takes your news feeds and spruces them up, Pulse is a little bit different in that it’s just for reading news and not pulling things into a magazine. Pulse stacks up your feeds in a visual, mosaic layout that’s consistent throughout the mobile apps and the online site. Sharing is a doddle on the mobile apps, with Instapaper, Pocket and Evernote functions, but it’s a bit limited on the desktop, with only Facebook and Twitter sharing.


Feedly is great alternative to Google Reader, boasting slick mobile applications and sharing functions across the board. It’ll even suggest articles to you based on what you’ve been reading, and you can share anything you like by a single tap to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pocket, Instapaper, Buffer plus e-mail too. The mobile apps are slick and responsive, and the desktop versions are the next best thing once Google’s beloved news reader app shuts up shop on 1 July.


One of the most powerful news reading apps available on iOS, Reeder takes you through your news feeds with ease and looks good doing it too with its simple interface and easy to use gestures. Tricky pages can be rendered easily through Readability, and it syncs in well with all the sharing options you could possibly need, from Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Pocket, Quote.FM and more. The Mac and iPad versions are currently free while they play catch up to the latest 2.0 update on the £1.99 iPhone version.


Zite is available on both Android and iOS and boasts a clean, newspaper style view as well as a straightforward news feed view too that looks slick and helps you get through your news quickly. It also packs in decent sharing options through Twitter, Facebook and email.

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