Desktop Client For Google Reader – WebReader

One of the best ways to keep getting inspired and informed regularly is following the feeds of the websites we like.

And, Google Reader is the most popular application used in this case, thanks to the simplicity and price it offers.

WebReader is a free and cross-platform application that carries Google Reader to the desktop.


Once logged in with the Google account, it synchronizes with Google Reader and offers many features like subscribing/unsubscribing, starring items, searching them and more.

Any item can be easily shared in social networking websites, there are multiple view options and a notifier can inform you when a new item is available.

  1. Reply Giles March 20, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Currently has a password issue that some people are not able to login. They are pushing an oAuth authentication method in the next week or so. I’m hoping that fixes my issues with it. It looks promosing.

  2. Reply AEN March 21, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    It really nice. I tried it, the design is great and it’s the best alternative to Google Reader from what I’ve tried.

  3. Reply confused March 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    I’m sorry, but why would I want a desktop app that has to sync when I can just use the web app?

    Offline reading maybe? Syncing just seems like a waste of time.

    I previously used FeedDemon because it integrated with Google Reader’s feeds… but after a while I got tired of the syncing and just went to the source.

  4. Reply NF March 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    @confused: Some time ago I needed to find some feeds that I had marked to read later and I cannot do an advanced search in Google Reader. Then I started using FeedDemon…

  5. Reply Dathan March 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Why? Is it for offline reading? I get approximately 2000 new feed items everyday, how many MB would that take to download? Does it have any features that make it a useful alternative? An advanced search would be worth it. But otherwise I think userscripts, bookmarklets, and extensions are a better way to add ui features.

  6. Reply Umut M. March 23, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    For me, desktop apps were far better in means of speed and offline usage until I started working on 2-3 computers.

    If I still had everything on a single computer, I’d use it to minimize the tabs in my Firefox (that are sometimes blocking other tabs) and to get notifications.

  7. Reply LouisF March 26, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    Just give it a try.
    Indeed it’s better in terms of offline and speed.
    Using both now 😀

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