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Podcast, RSS and email list updates—plus a collection of Joanna Cabot’s provocative essays on e-reading
June 14, 2015 | 7:13 pm

chriscatphoneChris Meadows has already broken word of the forthcoming TeleRead podcast. Pass on your ideas within the comments area for his post. How important is it to you that we do listener call-ins? We may start out without call-ins to keep down the complexities.  Any thoughts on show topics? As for a title, I’m personally thinking of “Ebook Talk, with Chris and Juli”---in homage to Car Talk. Love it? Hate it? Ebook Talk is just a working title. I can see the show as a mix of news, views and practical Car Talk-style tips, with Chris and...

Feedly Launches Pro Service Today
August 27, 2013 | 1:05 pm

FeedlyReaderpocalypse victor Feedly has officially launched its new pro service. It costs $5 per month or $45 per year and includes the following features:  One-click Evernote integration  One-click Pocket integration  Premium customer support  Search features  Possible additional features to be added later It looks like a decent feature set. I know many users have lamented the lack of search functions. Personally, none of this will compel me to pay—I use Feedly for my more of-the-moment disposable news and don't have much need to save any of it for later. But if you need it, it may be worth $5 to you. Or, you may just want to show...

The Old Reader Strains Under Massive Post-Readerpocalypse Demand
July 30, 2013 | 3:52 pm

The Old ReaderNate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader posted an intriguing tidbit earlier today about The Old Reader, one of the more solid but less-hyped Google Reader alternatives to benefit from Google Reader's demise. But in this paticular case, it seems the benefit turned out to be more of a curse: Since the shutdown of Google Reader was announced, The Old Reader's user base swelled from 10,000 to over 400,000—and it's just too many users for the admins of this 'labor of love' to handle. In a blog post entitled "Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures," they say: "We really want The Old Reader to...

Cool Feedly Option to ‘Remove Clutter’
July 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

Note: The following is a feature for the iPad version of Feedly, not the Web version of Feedly. Perhaps I'm just slow, but in case some of our readers are also slow (no need to admit if you are), I thought I'd point out a cool feature I discovered in Feedly today. See that little pencil icon in the upper right part of the Feedly screen? Click that and Feedly will say it's "Removing Clutter," which transforms your article from this: [caption id="attachment_92816" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Cluttered, isn't it? ;)[/caption] To this! And no, I totally didn't diss the advertising on our site. Nope. Anyway, it won't show up...

Feedly Disappoints: ‘Over Capacity’ for the Second Day
July 11, 2013 | 3:15 pm

FeedlyThe bloom is officially off the Feedly rose for me: I woke up this morning to a second day of "over capacity" error messages when I tried to access my feeds. I couldn't get in to anything! And I still can't. I did yesterday's Morning Roundup by manually typing the URLs of my regular blogs to see what was happening, but it wasn't the same: there was no list of as-year-unread stories, no way to mark off the ones I'd already seen, and of course I couldn't remember every blog I visit, off-hand. I guess my first task when Feedly is eventually back will...

Feedly: A Second Look
June 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

feedlyWith the Readerpocalypse now just days away, GigaOM is one of many offering a second look at some alternatives. Their write-up was particularly helpful because they looked at some of the finer details such as freemium versus pay, and whether an offering is a full-fledged product or just a side gig for some otherwise-employed developers. For myself, the Beloved and I have reluctantly hitched our sales to the Feedly wagon. For me, it was a must for two reasons: 1. Cross-Platform Support This is vital to me because I often check news feeds on the go and flag the stories I want to...

Digg Reader Not Close to Ready for Prime Time
June 26, 2013 | 10:25 am

Digg ReaderI woke up this morning to an invitation to join Digg Reader. OK, I confess I did wait until after breakfast to try it out. (Does that make me a bad tech blogger? Or just a hungry one?) Too bad I waited. Apparently all the folks who either don't sleep or don't need to eat got in first and broke it. I signed in, authorized Digg to grab my feeds and was presented with a (boring) screen like this. [caption id="attachment_88145" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Note Nate's article (last one on the list). He agrees with me.[/caption] Obviously, my first impression was that I didn't...

Four new can’t-miss interviews!
June 19, 2013 | 1:20 pm

interviewsIt seems like everyone on my RSS feed was doing interviews yesterday. Here are three which are worth a look and listen: 1. Levar Burton | via GalleyCat • Burton, beloved Star Trek actor and host of the children's show Reading Rainbow, discusses his favorite children's books. 2. Author Rockband Q&A | via Reddit • Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Roy Blunt Jr and several others answered  a variety of questions on Reddit to promote their side gig rock band, which raises money for charity via its performances.     3. John Scalzi | via WYSO's Book Nook & Dragon Crawlers Radio • Scalzi posts links to two audio interviews, a short one and a long one, which discuss...

Feedly wants Google Reader’s throne; can it be RSS king?
June 9, 2013 | 11:00 am

FeedlyIt’s unfortunate news, but it’s inevitable—and worthless to sulk about any longer. Let’s face it: Google Reader will be no more in less than a month from now—on July 1, to be exact. Will this effect you too? I’ve used and continue to regularly use Reader for years, so for me this is the ‘not good’ kind of change. Starting while I was in college, Google’s RSS feed app was the first and only service of its kind that mattered to me. I loved what it did for me, helping to redefine how I handled research academically and, of course, leisurely. So,...

The Perils of Newer, Easier Sharing
May 15, 2013 | 12:43 pm

sharingI've had an object lesson this week in the perils of newer, easier information-sharing, via two news articles which came my way through different means. The first was a write-up in the local paper featuring a colleague of mine who had decorated her house in celebration of the Maple Leaf's glorious but ultimately short-lived playoff victories. The Beloved saw the picture, recognized her name and tore out the page to bring it home for me. The second story was a write-up at Techdirt by Timothy Geigner about a 'bug' in a recent Nintendo release which allowed Sims-like characters to marry same-sex...

Lessons Learned from the Google Reader Switchover
May 3, 2013 | 10:00 am

Google ReaderAfter several weeks of teasing me for burying my head in the sand and stubbornly refusing to transfer my Google Reader RSS feeds elsewhere, the Beloved quietly confessed last night that he has given up on Feedly and moved himself back to Reader, too, for the time being. Once I was done milking the required apology for his weeks of mocking, I asked him why, and found that he had reached the same conclusion—that in the battle between interactivity and linearity, linearity is sometimes the better way. Here's what he didn't like about Feedly: It was too dynamic for him. Every...

Feedly has some nice updates
April 2, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Feedly has been steadily gaining users (over three million since the announcement of the death of Google Reader), and they just updated both their mobile apps and their browser plugins. So far I'm happy with the changes, which make the experience a little closer to Google Reader. The best changes in the browser version include the ability to set a title view in your subcategories (not just in the Latest view) and better integration with Pocket. When I reviewed Feedly a few weeks ago, the Save to Pocket button didn't work. Now it's flawless, just as it should be. I'm also pleased with...

Feedly Updates its Service to Function Like Google Reader
April 2, 2013 | 11:15 am

FeedlyOne of my chief complaints about Feedly has been alleviated in the service's latest update. The Feedly app has a new vertically-focused layout that is more in line with what Google Reader users are used to. You can now view headlines and a few lines of text without getting distracted by a plethora of images. The Feedly Web app has also been updated with a “title only” layout that is designed to handle a lot bulk. This is exactly what Feedly needed to make Google Reader users feel more at home. Although the layout change is the most important part of...

Slow march to Google Reader death
March 20, 2013 | 5:30 pm

The Google Reader option from the Gmail menu bar is gone as of today. You can see the lack in the screenshot from my account, below. It used to be located between Blogger and Finance (note the red arrow). I suddenly realized how thoroughly I'd made the switch to Feedly because I didn't notice this on my own. I picked it up from a Tech Crunch article. The link is still present from other Google products, and of course it's still available on a Google search, but this is just another indication that the venerable RSS feed reader is on its inevitable...

Godspeed, Google Reader (Essay)
March 16, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Google ReaderBy Stephen Silver Google, as you may have noticed, discontinues stuff all the time. But when it does, my life is usually minimally affected. Remember Google Wave, which was supposed to revolutionize communications? I couldn’t tell you to this day exactly what that was or what it was supposed to do, and I just sort of shrugged when Google killed it in 2010. Google Viewer, Google Checkout, Google Health, GOOG-411, Froogle, Knol… these were all things I rather never used, or used once or twice and decided they weren’t for me. That’s part of what makes this week’s announcement of the impending...

Considering Feedly as a Google Reader replacement? Here’s our opinion.
March 15, 2013 | 8:48 pm

Feedly I was finally able to register with Feedly last night to give it a try. Most of the day they'd been down, but they added server capacity and were running well later in the evening. So far, I think it'll work for me. Setting up the account was easy. I signed in with my Google account, and they imported all my feeds. They have assured users that the transition will be seamless in July. If they achieve seamless, I'll be impressed. Tech doesn't always work that way. If they manage "not too painful" for the first day or two, I'll be...

Digg Readying a Google Reader Replacement
March 15, 2013 | 10:00 am

Digg Google ReaderWell, that was fast. Digg announced yesterday that they are building a Reader replacement. Apparently they’ve been planning it for a while—they're just moving it up the priority list. Good for them! I’m liking this part of the announcement: We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we...

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