Tabbloid: Turn RSS Feeds Into Magazines

As a blogger who lives and dies by the link, I’m not sure how I feel about the Website we’re about to turn you on to. I will say, however, if you’re a fan of printing what you read, rather than staring at it on a screen, Tabbloid might turn you on.

Created by the Hewlett-Packard Development Company, it’s no surprise that these guys want to get you to print. After all, someone has to buy all of those ink cartridges.

The site allows you to input all of the RSS feeds you care about and it will generate them into a PDF file. The goal is to turn any feed into a magazine-like format.

You decide the delivery options. For example, you can receive a “business” edition, featuring your favorite blog feed every Monday. Or you can get all of your favorite sports feeds delivered daily at 6am. There is also a button for on-the-spot generation.

Registration is NOT required.

There are four preset ‘tabbloids’: technology (featuring TechCrunch, GigaOM and All Things Digital); business; politics and sports. Even these ready-made editions can be customized.

I did a quick test with my feed and I must say that the final product is highly readable. The main problem is that many RSS feeds only contain snippets of the story, so you have to be careful about which feeds you add. Also, as eluded to earlier, the final PDF does not contain any clickable links. As a blogger, I find this to be a problem – even if the goal is to print and read. If HP finds a way to get some URLs into the product, I think they might be on to something.

Tabbloid’s slogan is “Turn your favorite feeds into a personal magazine.” That might be a bit of a stretch but I am curious to watch how this product develops.