Goodbye Google Reader
Google states declining usage statistics and a desire to focus on other applications as reasons for ending support for Google Reader.
Google also recommends services such as Google Takeout for retaining Google Reader data.
Other feed-reading tools such as Feedly have seen in influx in users since the announcement from Google.
Google Reader was one of the services frequently explored as part of the popular Geeks Bearing Gifts class taught by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices. If you signed up for or have been using Google Reader please make efforts to switch to another provider before Google Reader shuts down on July 1st.