Using an RSS Reader is a great way to stay on top of industry news and trends. You can easily digest an hour’s worth of content in about 5 minutes of headlines.
But what if you want to access content while away from the desk – or – better yet, being away from your desk is the only time you have to catch up on news articles?
Try using a service like Tabbloid, which converts all your RSS feeds into a printable PDF newspaper. There’s no cost or account set-up involved. Simply plug your RSS subscriptions into Tabbloid, and the service generates a personal edition just for you. You can even schedule recurring Tabbloids by supplying your email address and setting a delivery frequency (daily, weekly, etc…).
Tabbloid is a great option for the road warrior who has downtime at the airport and in between client meetings, especially if you’re not packing a laptop or smartphone (or just despise reading micro-print on a micro-screen). The service works smoothly, and the PDF document is quite readable. There is, however, one tiny hiccup.
My Tabbloid didn’t pull the full story, just the headline and lead sentence/paragraph. This isn’t Tabbloid’s fault, but rather, the result of how a blog is published and where the page divider (i.e. “read more” tag) is inserted. Regular RSS readers are probably used to this convention, because the full story is always a click away. Tabbloid headlines do link to the on-site article, but if you’re looking at a printout, that’s not exactly useful.
I found with some creative editing to my RSS list, the problem could be fixed (e.g. feed growth! publishes full articles for your easy viewing pleasure).