The Sweet Setup delivers a great review of the best collection of RSS readers available today for iOS; specifically the iPad. RSS might have lost some mainstream attention when Google shutdown Google Reader, but that doesn’t change the fact it is still the most useful way to digest web content.
In his new review, Robert McGinley Myers (one of my favorite writers, apparently) compares Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Unread, among others. Myers’ technology philosophy is similar to my own. It’s refreshing to see thoughtful iPad power users articulate their sensibilities.
In the end, the best RSS reader is the app that helps you take the best advantage of what RSS offers. Unread is designed for anyone who wants to take advantage of RSS to find and savor great writing. In his description for Unread, Jared Sinclair writes,
Let RSS be the place where great independent writing thrives. Choose your favorite writers and read them closely. If you’re also a writer, write as if you are writing directly to just such a reader, the way Kierkegaard always wrote for: “… that single individual whom I with joy and gratitude call my reader…”
It’s fitting that Sinclair ends this philosophy statement (how many app developers even have a philosophy statement, let alone one so well-articulated?) with a quote from Soren Kierkegaard. I often think of Kierkegaard when I think about the anxiety technology can produce, an anxiety brought on by the power to do so many different things that we’re never quite sure what to do at any given moment. Kierkegaard compared anxiety to dizziness, “the dizziness of freedom.”
I’ve had a similar experience with RSS readers on my iPad. Unread is my favorite. Where other apps encouraged me to save articles to Instapaper, away from the RSS apps, Unread simply delivers a great experience so I don’t want to put down my reading or switch apps in the first place.
If you want to take advantage of RSS and the iPad, then read Robert’s great article. ∞