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Netvibes' free RSS reader product is also another alternative to Reader worth checking out, and like Feedly has also been around since 2008.
Unlike Feedly there's no simple import route in Netvibes for integrating your Google Reader subscriptions. Instead, you need to export your Reader subscriptions as a .ZIP file, extract them to find the 'Subscriptions.xml' file and then import that into Netvibes.
On the positive side, once imported you have the option of having the content displayed like Reader in the traditional way (pictured) or as widgets across the screen, like the iGoogle homepage.
It is also available for the iPad, iPhone and on Android, and includes an offline reader mode.
Skimr is the least like a traditional RSS feed of all the cloud-based options in this list. Rather than display content in a main panel with a list of subscriptions down the side of the page, Skimr presents the chosen 'skims' (an individual subscription) or a list of all skims (all subscriptions).
New sites can be added by URL, browsing Skimr's directory, or by uploading a previously exported OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) file.
It may be little surprise to learn that as Skimr looks more like a mobile-optimised site than a desktop site, there are no native apps for the service, but it will work happily in most mobile browsers.
Readefine is the only desktop RSS reader client on this list, and for good reason — put simply, most people prefer a cloud-based service they can access from anywhere.
However, there are still users that prefer to have their news delivered to their desktop, and for those people, Readefine might be worth considering.
Readefine's layout is a little different to most, choosing to display categories horizontally across the top of the screen and with a newspaper column style layout taking most of the page.
Clicking through to an individual article displays it in full screen, where you have the option to star it for later reading or share it through a variety of social networks or email.
Readefine is available to download for free on Windows, Mac or Linux.