Taptu: Best Google Reader Alternative for Nook Color

Taptu logo

UPDATE, written  on 5/25:

As you go read here below, I was pretty ecstatic with Taptu, as it seemed to work so well with my Nook Color…. until it stopped synchronizing my Taptu bookmarks between my Nook and PC.

Very annoying!

I contacted the Taptu team a few times and never got any real answer, so I gave up and went back to my 2nd choice: Bloglovin. It is not perfect – I would love be able to share a post directly from Bloglovin on my Nook Color to Twitter, but I can’t, so when I find a post I want to share, I ‘Like’ it [there are no bookmarks eitjher!!], then I open my Bloglovin ‘Liked posts’ on my PC, and from there share to Twitter and add comments to some blogs.

If you use Nook Color and have found something better, please tell me!

I will leave the post I wrote on 3/18:

I know thousands of bloggers, professional writers, etc, are trying to find a worthy replacement of the soon (on July 1st) to die RSS Feed Aggregator Google Reader.

Lots of users are apparently going to Feedly. I tried that one and a whole bunch of others. The problem is I’m reading my feeds both on a PC and on a Nook Color, and unfortunately the Nook Apps store is very poor in RSS Feed Aggregators; Feedly is not one of them, neither Pulse.

Besides, if you use a web-based one, most often the feeds are way too small to read on the Nook Color itself.

And I’m not going to buy another device.

I was about ok with Bloglovin’, but then a friend of mine mentioned TAPTU, which HAS a Nook app!

I have been playing with it for several days now, and I’m actually quite happy.

I follow about 300 blogs, so originally, it was extremely slow, especially on my PC: it kept crashing my browser (Mozilla Firefox).

But then I realized that instead of having 300 separate streams, I could combine them. I combined them all in only 25 streams, and now it works perfectly. It’s actually quite cool!

taptu for nook color

So why do I love Taptu?

  1. first, you can login to it with your google account, and it does transfer automatically and very quickly all the blogs you follow with google reader. Once this is done, Taptu is totally independent from Google Reader, and will work after Google Reader’s death.
  2. you need though to transform these as Streams. It took me a few mn, as I had 300 blogs transferred, but you just need to do this once
  3. then to make the app run smooth and fast, you can combine them by themes, etc. See picture below: I put all my book blogs in alphabetical series, and then have a few themes such as France, Orthodoxy, Birds and gardens, etc
  4. you can personalize the color of each stream, see the above picture
  5. On the Nook, you click on one picture of the stream and then have the detailed post. If you want to see it from the original post, just click on the top right corner: View in Browser
  6. Then you just need to click on the nook back arrow, , and you are back on the post view. you can then slide on the side of the post, and it will open next post, if there’s another unread post on that stream
  7. otherwise, click on the back arrow again, and you can access again your stream lists
  8. if a stream has only a couple of posts, and you see on the icon of each that you are not really interested in reading these posts, you don’t even need to open the posts of the stream: just click on the3 vertical dots on the stream bar, and choose Mark as Read. How cool is that!
  9. to add a stream, just click on ADD on the top
  10. when I want to comment on a post, or send a link, I mark the post as Bookmark [there are 2 places where you can click for that], and access them later from a PC. you can even add as a bookmark in the browser itself.
  11. the sync between nook device and pc works perfectly
  12. the posts are very easy to read, and you can actually in fact adjust the font size!!
  13. you can very easily send a post to twitter and facebook, instapaper, pocket, or email

This is what it looks like on my PC:

my taptu

The view is a bit different, and not as cool as on the Nook, vertical, not horizontal, and without any icon as preview of each post. But you see the title of the post. In Bold are the unread posts, in grey the ones you already opened before, either here or on the Nook [on the Nook, once you read a post, you no longer see it].

From a PC, you can also share to LinkedIn.

For people who follow news feeds or blogs by categories, the StreamStore has a huge variety.

What’s missing?

  • Do you hear me Taptu? The ONLY thing I miss, and a feature I was using a lot with Google Reader, is the Search feature: you cannot search for a read post throughout all your streams. You can only search within one stream at a time; and I’m not sure yet if it will recover something from a post you already read.

When I post a review of a book, I always do a search in my Google Reader for that book title, to see whom among the bloggers I follow have already posted on that book. And I post a link to their own reviews at the end of my review.

This is going to be harder to do now. Not possible with Taptu. I will need to do a general Google search, but I would like to only send links to Bloggers I follow, not to any blogger I have never read before. If you have an idea how to easily remedy this, tell me, that will be to your advantage!

  • You cannot like a post either, I think, but it seems it will stay in your favorites as long as you keep it there.


July wrap up

You can almost always find a positive side to anything. What about storms and power outage? You cannot work from home, you don’t have internet, you cannot go to your work place, they don’t have power either, and it’s so crazy hot outside you can’t even garden. So what to do for 60 hours? READ!!

That’s what happened, and that’s why my reading average is really good for July.

I read 12 books, 5 being non-fiction works. Total of 2606 pages, that is 84 pages/day.

And I listened to 2 audiobooks, representing 15:29 hours, so an average of 29 mn/day! I have actually listened to much more than that, but my current audiobook is very long and I’m only half through.

A total of 14 books is my best this year, though I read more pages in January.

The books I read were:

The Lovers of Algeria, by Anouar Benmalek
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa – upcoming review


Historical fiction:
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, by Juliet Grey
The Second Empress, by Michelle Moran – upcoming review: very soon!

Cliffs Notes on The Taming of The Shrew, by Linda Hillegass – upcoming review
Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, by Tom Smith – upcoming review
Little Princes, by Conor Grennan – upcoming review
Le Road Trip, by Vivian Swift – upcoming review: very soon!
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle, by Slavoj Zizek

The Taming of The Shrew, by Shakespeare – upcoming review
As You Like It, by Shakespeare – upcoming review

And the books I listened to, both non-fiction:

In The Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
Running In The Family, by Michale Ondaatje – upcoming review

My favorites this month:

I also enjoyed a lot Le Road Trip, by Vivian Swift
and In The Garden of Beasts.

Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 52 books:  24/52
Around the world in 12 books: 7/12
European reading challenge: 8/5 – COMPLETED
I love Italy: 3/3 – COMPLETED
Dewey Decimal: 21/20 – COMPLETED
We want you to read French authors: 6/5 or 10 (ends in August)
Books in translation: 8/10-12
South Asia: 3/7
Middle East: 4/18
My own reading challenge: 1/5
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Ebook challenge: 7/10
Audiobook: 8/12
Support your library: 30/37
Finishing the series: 1/1 – COMPLETED
2nds challenge: 4/3 – COMPLETED
Foodies: 1/3
Japanese literature: 1/8??
Historical novels: 7/7-10
New authors challenge: 24/15 -COMPLETED
A Shakespeare play a month: 7 /12
Graham Green Challenge: 0/1

Special events in July:

– I joined a great read-along of Rebecca and even won a DVD!
– I also participated in Paris in July 2012, with 9 posts.
– I finally introduced a rating system for my reviews, with a fun design I came up with. In case you forget what the logo is for, each time you click on it, it will send you to the rating explanation page.
– While downloading an egalley, the BlueFire Reader app crashed on my ipod touch. It had never happened before, usually it was smooth sailing. I uninstalled and reinstalled the app several times, with no luck. So I gave up, and finally bought a real ereader! I chose the Nook Color, because I receive egalleys in epub and pdf format that the Kindle does not support!! Really!
I enjoy very very much my Nook color: it is finally so easy to read pdfs with nice size, and the browser is actually fast! Of course, I also use it to play Words With Friends, follow your owns posts on my Google Reader, and keep updates on Goodreads, among other things! For less than $200!

Plans for August

– I still need to write a post on 3 amazing Christian Orthodox books recently published, as announced last month!
– I will join another read-along, on The End of The Affair, by Graham Greene

Currently reading

– The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, finally!
– Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, on my Nook Color!