I was a bit disappointed (understatement of the year) when Google decided to cancel Reader.
But as always, you realize nothing on the internet is permanent anymore (except your pictures, tweets, facebook status, etc) — okay no “free” tool is permanent any more — and so I started looking for options.
I tried all the ones that everyone was shouting about but they just really were not working the way I wanted them to work. Especially in needing to log onto my google account in order to get the app to work. (I might be weird but I just don’t like tying everything together…..I do compartmentalize things…..and am content.)
So, as I was browsing through the RSS search on my ipad I saw an app called BookShelf II and decided to give it a spin.
And after 3 weeks — I am very very happy — so I thought I would share it with you.
Quick Disclaimer: It is rated 12+ but I have yet to have any problems with anything – and it does have in-app purchases but I have not had anything solicit me yet. But when you go to the itunes app site, the left side about “what it offers” is a bit more adult than the G rating I usually share….so I am not linking to it here. You can do a search on your app store for this app.
Here is a screen shot:
You will notice that at the top right corner of several of the blogs is a RED triangle. If that is BRIGHT RED there is a new posting, if it is light red, you have unread blogs, if it had no triangle, you are all caught up.
To subscribe to blogs, you go to the top left corner and click on SUBSCRIBE. There are featured blogs (this is where the 12+ comes in) but I jump right over to the SEARCH Option and type in the address of the blog I wish to follow. It searches for the blog and then confirms you wish to subscribe.
There are other options for subscribing, but I tend to just use the SEARCH option.
When I am done subscribing, I click back on bookshelf and I am back to the main screen (or screens based on how many blogs you are subscribing to.)
- The Curved Arrow on the top right reloads your list just in case you feel you might be missing something.
- The magnifying glass allows you to search articles for keywords, etc.
- The heart allows you to favorite blogposts.
- The question mark highlights certain areas of blogshelf and then shares what that tool does.
When you are reading a blog post — you have several options as well.
- The A button lets you set font size, a theme, the font you wish, text alignments, and brightness of screen.
- The share out button allows you to send to email, tweet, facebook, pocket, instrapaper)
- The heart button allows you to “Favorite” this post.
- The 3 lines allows you to thumbnail the blog posts so you can see more than 1 at a time.
- And the question mark highlights certain areas of the post and then shares what that tool does.
One other nice feature….
If push on the title of the blog post — it will
a. Take you to the original website.
b. Copy the blog post
c. Email the link
Since I don’t subscribe to a huge number of blogs, so this is truly working for me.
I have been using it now for 3 weeks (free version)
…..and I see no need to upgrade to the paid version.
If you are using blogshelf — please share your thoughts.
If you are using another option — please feel free to share your thoughts as well.
PS: And yes, for those of you who noticed, I do subscribe to my own blog. It is important to me to make sure it looks nice for others to read on their devices.
PSS: One more thing: if the blog has a picture in it, blogshelf will display the picture with the blog post. If the blog does not have a picture, it defaults to a solid background. Hence, I am starting to add pictures to my blog posts!