The state of the miserable app When Google Reader goes away.

Yes, I’m shock too, embarrassed to see the full rigor of the Google Business and to feel ephemeral existence as a 3rd party app.

I know RssBook is not popular, but I know RssBook is really cool and precious. Why? It’s because I has made it for me, for my own use. At then, I just needed more complete reader. I’m a programmer, who is aged, far experienced and retired from software company, just want to enjoy coding myself with some broader usefulness.

In fact, RssBook come to existence a lot better quality than I first planned. I have overwork on this project. I made it too good. It is really full featured rss reader, especially with archiving, no other app can compare, even including PC world. No other app has such smoothness with high archiving options.

But RssBook has some tricky part. It exploits the repository attribute of Google Reader. Generally, rss is regarded as an update pulse of article feeds. Ordinary rss feed contains about 20~30 recent articles only. When I met Google Reader first time back in 2005 maybe, I’m really impressed with its archiving ability. There were all the articles! But it is very hard to scroll older ones. No grouping, no filtering. Just searching and stacked with articles like glacial deposits. When I first started to plan RssBook in 2010(long ago~), I want to take advantage of Google Reader’s archiving strength. That made RssBook really hard to code, but my patience was rewarded with high quality output.

Now, mountain-like archiving feature of Google Reader are about to vanish. I don’t know which API service would permit archiving articles generously like Google. Or reduce amount of archiving? Or should I develop our own cloud base repository??

Nothing was decided yet regards the future of RssBook. And archiving is not the only strength that RssBook has. But I just like to share my current feelings. One thing that I can tell is that RssBook will continue to work even without Google Reader in any circumstance.

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8 thoughts on “The state of the miserable app When Google Reader goes away.

  1. Hi, Mr Park – I am a recent convert to the beauty of rss (after being a reader of many, many blogs for more than 10 years!), and the ease it brings to tracking and digesting large amounts of new content. I tried a bunch of different readers (feedly, feedler mr reader, and some others), but did not really like any of them – Then I found your application, rssbook, and feel like it is a perfect fit. I want to compliment you on the thoughtfulness of the design, and the intuitive ease with which I can use it. The sliding panels features, the completeness of the available tools when and where you need access to them, and the simple attractiveness of the design itself make the application a pleasure to use. I am a programmer as well, and you have my sincere admiration for creating such a fine, thoughtful product – I am very surprised it has not built up a much larger following.

    I think you are very correct when you recognize that archiving is not the only strength that RssBook has – I greatly appreciate this feature (I love having as much of an archive available as possible), but that alone would not keep me as a customer. I think the rest of the features and design bring as much (or more) to the product as the archiving, in my opinion. As I said before, it is just a pleasure to use, even without the archiving.

    I am glad to hear you say that you plan to continue on with rssbook even after google reader goes away. I offer you the strongest encouragement and appreciation in your ongoing efforts, plan to remain a user of rssbook even if the extensive archive functionality is no longer available, and will closely follow any developments.

    Good luck and regards – Ken Murphy

  2. HI, Dear Just today I come to your blog and really really surprised. Its was a great app that satisfy all my requirements. O Great. Now I lost all my old archives. Even now its great to have the app. Thanks a lot. I offer you the strongest encouragement and appreciation in your ongoing efforts, plan to remain a user of rssbook even if the extensive archive functionality is no longer available, and will closely follow any developments.

    Regards,
    S. Palanivel Raja.

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