Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp

AOL has launched a new service called AOL Reader, which, as the name implies, is aimed at providing a Google Reader replacement for all those who are still not satisfied with their choice. AOL Reader is still in beta, but you can get access to it by signing in on using your Facebook, Twitter, or Google Account.

With the upcoming demise of Google Reader, many companies are racing to provide a suitable replacement for the disgruntled RSS crowd. Many users are biding their time, waiting for the boom of replacements, with Digg providing the most speculations regarding their new Google Reader replacement. AOL came in from behind, launching its reader two days prior to Digg’s planned launch, bringing a simple and minimalistic reader into the mix, that integrates well with other AOL services such as AOL Mail and AOL On.

The reader itself is not innovative, but simply provides the same old features most Google Reader fans like, packing them into a much slicker interface than the one we’re used to from Google Reader. There are four layout options to choose from: list view, card view, full view, and pane view; two themes to choose from: light and dark; and four different font sizes ranging from small to x-large.

Each article can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or email, and you can star items to save them, or mark them as read or unread.


Adding feeds is as easy as clicking the plus icon and finding the feed you’re looking for. There seems to be no way to import feeds from other services, but this might be added in later iterations. AOL Reader supports many keyboard shortcuts, at least on paper, but at the time of this writing none of them worked on my system.

All in all, AOL Reader is a nice-looking reader that adds many useful features to the basic Google Reader interface, and is easy enough to use. Its beta status means that not all options currently work, but it’s definitely worth a sign-in and a try if you’re still on the lookout for an alternative. When first signing in, you may be redirected to a “Request your beta spot” page after completing the process. Don’t despair, enter your email, go check your inbox for a confirmation email, and most chances you’ll be in.

The major downside of this new reader is that AOL is just as bound to shut it down as Google was if it doesn’t attract enough users, leaving us stranded and looking for alternatives yet again. What do you think of AOL’s new reader? Will you give it a chance?

Source: AOL Reader

  1. Marc Nishikawa
    June 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I am Marc Nishikawa, PR manager of UNREADZERO TOKYO Project Team!

    We have launched a new great RSS reader web application(Free) called UNREADZERO beta.

    Try it!

    for any question and publication notices.

    PressKit Link:

  2. Jacob D. Barnett
    June 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

    That is really surprising. I just tried and they seem to have an interesting approach.

  3. Jacob D. Barnett
    June 27, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I'm very happy with my new finding. Its interesting

  4. ZomboMike
    June 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Only I think that Flipboard is very inconvenient app? I don't want to look pretty pictures, I want to read the news! And even better i? app can pick the best news of the day, like for example.

  5. Gautam Sampathkumar
    June 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Checkout SwarmIQ. Similar functionality.
    Features: The ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots
    of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading, fast unobtrusive
    "no magazine layout".

    Sign up at , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.

    Disclosure: I'm on the team that built this site :-) Also, we don't have "Google Alerts" type functionality yet.

  6. karen
    June 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I have tried 10+ dif new feed readers looking for my replacement(s) and my faves are FeedDemon and this new AOL one. My only gripe (so far) with the AOL reader is there is no reader SEARCH function which on one category of my feeds I use quite a lot.

  7. karen
    June 25, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I have registered for 10+ readers so far trying to find my replacements and my faves are FeedDemon and this new AOL Reader. My only gripe so far (after half a day's use) on the AOL one is there is no reader search function. On one category of my feeds I use the search a lot.

  8. Mentioum
    June 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Personally although Newsblur has its problems ... it has a lot going for it. I paid for it and I don't regret it. Just wish it had a better mobile application.

  9. Joel Lee
    June 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I've been using Feedly and it has worked well for me so far, but their lack of an export feature kinda puts me on edge. Commafeed was nice too for their minimalism, but it was so slow I couldn't use it.

    I'm actually going to give AOL Reader a try now. Just got it set up and it feels really good so far.

  10. Scutterman
    June 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Without importing and working shortcuts, this isn't worth the time to try out. I'll stick with The Old Reader for now.

  11. Bart Miller
    June 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    According to the site below you can import feeds from an OPML or XML file:

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I couldn't find a way to do this, maybe they've hidden it well. :)

  12. Sherry
    June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Very happy with QuiteRSS but I'll check it out when I'm looking for something to do.

  13. AriesWarlock
    June 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

    You gonna take that, Google?

  14. Alex Downs
    June 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Wow... AOL still exists?

    • Harshit J
      June 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      It owns TechCrunch and gdgt.

      • Alex Downs
        June 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        That's a surprise, who knew AOL still had money to acquire these.

      • Jack Giebel
        June 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        And also Huffington Post and Engaget,

    • Yaz C
      June 25, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Yes, apparently. You'd also be surprised that there are still people in the US who are using dial-up. :-)

      They've rebranded themselves as a marketing company now with internet provider roots. Plus, they own the companies mentioned by Harshit J and Jack Giebel.

  15. 1hegame
    June 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I'm now done with looking for alternatives. Now I'll just use FeedDemon (my favorite) and gReader (another favorite). Everything else is crap. To the extent these apps provide customization, nobody else provide that and I can't live with 'just a few options' readers.

    • Manide
      June 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      When Google announced no Google Reader after 1st of July, my first thought went to FeedDemon... which is a good piece of software - but it's going to die either (in some way):

      • 1hegame
        June 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

        That I know. But I think it is well working as it is now and there is no need to worry if it is not going to update ever. Even Snarfer, a long gone feed reader is a good piece of software for Windows XP. I'm not sure if that work on W7 too. But it was last released in June 2008 and has never been updated will never be. No update for FeedDemon ever is okay for me as it doesn't need it.

        • Manide
          June 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

          I agree.
          Thanks for mentioning Snarfer. I'll try it out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *