iPad MiniThere’s so much great content on the web these days and it can be difficult to keep up with it all. That’s why the whole concept of RSS feeds is so fantastic as you can get automatic notifications, in effect, every time your favorite website puts up a new article or post. The de facto RSS reader for many people is Google Reader, but it may not necessarily be the iPad RSS reader app that you want to use.

This isn’t to knock Google, but you actually have a lot of great options for alternative RSS reader apps for the Apple iPad. They each bring something unique to the whole web reading experience, making it easier for you to catch up with all of your favorite news and feature articles. The web is growing bigger by the second and you’ll want a smarter way to curate it all.

Zite

Zite iPad News Reader

Zite iPad News Reader

Download from iTunes: Free

Strictly speaking, Zite isn’t really a traditional RSS reader. Instead, what it does is scour through your Google Reader and Twitter feeds to determine your areas of interest, curating together the stories that it thinks will interest you the most. There are more than 40,000 different topic areas and you get to enjoy a very attractive, magazine-style user interface too.

Flipboard Social News Magazine

Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard for iPad

Download from iTunes: Free

In addition to acting as an iPad RSS reader app, Flipboard really operates as what it calls a “social news magazine.” It also curates through the content it finds through your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. All of these stories are then displayed together. Like Zite, you can search by topic area too.

Feedly RSS News Reader

Feedly's Magazine Style Layout

Feedly's Magazine Style Layout

Download from iTunes: Free

Continuing with the magazine-style layouts, Feedly is another powerful option that expands beyond Google Reader and regular RSS news reader applications. It can also pull content from Google News and YouTube, as well as social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and puts it all into a beautiful “card” design.

Pulse News

Pulse News on Apple iPad

Pulse News on Apple iPad

Download from iTunes: Free

Pulse works on a few different levels. You can define different pages centered around certain topic areas and then, on each page, each horizontal row represents a single news source like an RSS feed from your favorite website. Within each of these rows, square thumbnail images and titles are then displayed for the individual stories.

Reeder for iPad

Reeder iPad RSS Reader App

Reeder iPad RSS Reader App

Download from iTunes: $4.99

Sometimes, you just want to keep things simple. As a news reader, Reeder synchronizes with your existing Google Reader account, allowing you to browse by feed or folders. Images can be cached and the stories are easily shared or saved through Pocket, Instapaper, Twitter, email, and more.

The Early Edition 2

The Newspaper Lives with The Early Edition 2

The Newspaper Lives with The Early Edition 2

Download from iTunes: $4.99

It has been said by some people that the traditional newspaper is dead. However, it just has to be reimagined, like how it has been by this iPad RSS reader app. With the Early Edition 2, you get an up-to-the-minute digital newspaper that is dynamically laid out with new stories relevant to your interests. Like an e-book reader app, it even features a page turning animation.

Newsify RSS Reader

Newsify Digital Newspaper

Newsify Digital Newspaper

Download from iTunes: $0.99

One advantage to traditional newspaper is that they can be read anytime, anywhere. With Newsify, the same philosophy applies, because it can synchronize with Google Reader and then save the content for offline reading, including image caching. Other features include article search, the newspaper-like article list, and robust sharing abilities through Buffer, Pinboard, Tumblr, and more.

Reader X for iPad

Reader X Wallpaper RSS Reader

Reader X Wallpaper RSS Reader

Download from iTunes: $2.99

While the grid-based interface may look more like a timetable or schedule, Reader X is actually one of the most popular Google Reader Clients available for the iPad. It works in a similar manner as Pulse with horizontal and vertical swipes through its “wallpaper” design, giving quick access to lots of headlines. The color coding further enhances this experience.

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