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Top Tools for Reading the News Online

Online channels have been mushrooming real fast spoiling consumers for choice. Just about everyone has more than one favorite website or blog, which they visit quite frequently. This is creating quite a muddle in the virtual world. Plus, most of the web visitors do not read any one blog entirely; they tend to go through only one particular type of news which can be sports, stock market or fashion. This is where news aggregators and reading tools come into play. They feature a number of tools that make life a whole lot easier for web readers. A few good ones have been listed below.

1. Twitter

News belonging to all categories gets posted here daily, whether you are looking for juicy gossip or stock market updates, it’s all there on this site. But, one should know how to access this news. Subscribing to the right people is very important. For instance, there are individual profiles that post news only on select categories like fitness, personal care, technology breakthroughs, etc. In addition, several publications have an account on twitter, you could subscribe to these also.

2. Google Reader

Not only can you aggregate news with this tool, it allows you to access content even when you are offline. To use this app, just install Google Gears, and then click on the upside down arrow encircled in green. This lets you download content and read it offline. To read content online, just click on the arrow to change its orientation. The upward facing arrow circled in blue helps one to read online content.

3. Instapaper

With applications like ‘mark for later’ and ‘read anytime’, Instapaper makes reading online real easy and extremely convenient. ‘Read it Later’ is also available as a Firefox extension, which enables you to read the news even when you are offline. You can bookmark articles easily no matter which browser you are using. As the tool is web- based, you will be able to access your saved articles from just about any computer. All you need to do is create an account and drag the bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar.

4. Readability

This amazing app for a fee of $5 enhances your reading experience greatly. Web content is generally littered with a whole lot of distractions like advertisements and pop ups, all of which can be removed with this app. Like all other news reading tools, this one also has an option for reading material in the offline mode.

5. Long Reads

The best on the web compiled just for you, this is what the volunteer editors at Long Reads do for web surfers. Content from only the best and finest is displayed here for you.

The web is flooded with clutter and while you need to keep a tab of all your favorite reads, saving up on time and effort is also a priority. News reading tools do just what you need by bringing all your habitual reads on the same page. They are definitely something that you cannot do without in this fast paced age.



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4 comments… add one
  • Roy January 16, 2012, 8:27 pm

    Nice list – I like Readability for its ‘send to kindle’ feature and it’s good at stripping out ads and graphics on webpages. It does have a standard free version though, you only have to subscribe if wanting to stream a lot of articles.

    Spool is well worth a look too – like Instapaper but free.

  • Johnson Yip January 19, 2012, 12:46 am

    Thanks, I check out Spool. It sounds interesting since I love free online services as well!

  • create website online April 12, 2012, 3:16 am

    I blog often and I seriously appreciate your content. This great article has really peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed too.

  • Johnson Yip April 12, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Thanks, for the comment and subscription.

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