The internet has so much information out there, and there are so many sites worth keeping up with on a daily basis, but it isn’t easy keeping up with them all. I know that I am constantly forgetting to visit at least one site on a daily, or weekly basis, which is why I rely so much on RSS feed readers. I still manage to overlook certain things when I rely on RSS feed readers, because I follow so much.
BlogShelf is another RSS reader, but it is not quite the same thing. It is not the app for you if you are intending to follow a massive amount of sites, but if you are just looking to following a couple dozen, this app is for you. The app is limited to keeping track of 90 blogs. The great thing about the app is that it caches the information on your iPad so you can read it anywhere, whether you have an internet connection or not. When you first open it up you are presented with the familiar bookshelf interface that you are presented with when you open the iBooks app as well. Each site is represented by a book on a shelf. As soon as you activate the app it connects itself to the internet, and updates all of the blogs you have on the shelf.
When you tap on a “book” on the shelf, that blogs recent updates are presented to you. Each individual post is presented with a excerpt so you know what is being talked about in that particular entry. By tapping the excerpt you are given a fullscreen display of the blog post. Certain sites, like GizmoFusion, do not display the entire entry. You are able to easily click a link, and it will open up the website in Safari, but this is still an extra step. I am hoping this is improved upon in future entries, but it is such a small number of sites that you can not load the entire entry, that it is not a HUGE downside to the app. You can go back to the list of entries by hitting the back button, and there is also a button to go back to the bookshelf.
Blogshelf allows you to customize how the articles are displayed. The font size can be customized, and the display can be switched to white text on a black background. Entire articles can also be sent via email by tapping the envelope icon at the top of the screen.
Overall, I think this is a great app. It does have a few minor downsides, but what app doesn’t? With BlogShelf you can keep up with blogs when you are somewhere that you do not have internet connection. You are able to customize how each entry is displayed. There are so many things to love about this about. If you have an iPad and you are looking for a way to keep up with all of the blogs you may not have had time to before you got your iPad, this is the app for you. Please let us know what you think of the app, because after all, it is your opinion that really counts!