All newspapers offer tools to read a digital version of the newspaper. As a subscriber of De Standaard I have access to the digital version as well, but I never consult it. I still like reading the newspaper – the print version – but when I go ‘digital’ I prefer the RSS feeds instead of anything else.
Some newspapers have created their own newsreaders. I actually don’t really like the idea of proprietary newsreaders, especially when there’s no choice between that or adding the RSS to your own reader. That is the main reason why I didn’t like the reader from De Standaard. They basically forced you to install their reader instead of offering RSS feeds for everyone. This situation changed quickly though.
So yesterday, with mixed feelings, I installed the Times Reader BETA to give it a try. And although I probably won’t use it that much, I think it’s a quite interesting download.
As I said before, I got around 400 feeds in my GreatNews reader and it’s just easier for me to add a source in there compared to installing something new. But that said, if you want to read a truly digital newspaper, the Times Reader is definitely the best experience you can get. You need to be a New York Times member for it (free sign up). Read more about it on First Look, the Times Reader blog.