New update to Readmill makes it easier to use and connect

Readmill has introduced a new update to their iPad app that makes it easier for readers and publishers to use.

Aside from letting people discuss their DRM-free books, the app now features a “Library” function, which creates a cloud-based index of your books and allows you to access them anytime, from anywhere. Secondly, “Send to Readmill” will transfer newly purchased books to the Library without hassle.

The DRM-free focus encourages people to buy from independent bookstores, rather than Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“This is a way of bridging the gap between buying from these stores and being able to share books,” the company’s community manager, Matthew Bostock, told GigaOM.

This sounds like a great app, but unfortunately you have to own an iPad to take full advantage of it. However, Readmill is growing in platform and as a community. It currently offers a Bookmarklet that allows you to share highlights from Kindle books, and “ReadMore” and “ReadTracker” for iPhone and Android, respectively, allow you to add paper books to your Library. Users can also share their activity on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

I made an account for fun, if anyone wants to see what it looks like.

So here’s my question to you: Do you buy from indie bookshops? I’d like to expand what stores I buy my paperbacks and e-books from and support smaller business, rather than the big two. Tor is apparently launching a DRM-free e-book store this summer.

9 thoughts on “New update to Readmill makes it easier to use and connect

  1. stunoss

    Interesting post. Hadn’t heard of readmill but checking it out now! Sounds like a potentially powerful tool for writers. Nice one Stephanie

    Stu & team at SolQu Shorts

    1. Stephanie

      Thanks for your comment, Stu! I’m curious — how do you think it could benefit writers? It’s mostly a reader’s tool from what I’ve read, although I could see it being useful for grabbing quotes from notable books.

      1. stunoss

        think more in the connection and recommendation element. Hopefully if readers read your work they will then recommend to friends. Another way of gaining word of mouth really

        1. Stephanie

          Oohh, that’s a really good point! Smart thinking there! I’ve just joined and already I’ve had a random user follow my activity and mark one of my books as interesting (a feature on the site), so I think it’s definitely a good source of word-of-mouth, as you say. Thanks for stopping back and clarifying!

  2. Sarah

    This looks interesting Stephanie. I will check it out. I already love the layout of it…..It doesn’t happen very often, but once in a great while I buy from the Indie bookstores in Madison. I’ve never done it online though. I DO wish I bought more books from the Indie sites. I think it’s a convenience thing with my Kindle, which is a lame excuse, right? :) Yes. It is. Because I’d much rather support the small businesses.

    Thank you for this tip!

    1. Stephanie

      Same here, Sarah, although unfortunately I don’t buy from indie shops locally because I’m not familiar with any! Bad excuse! That’s why I’m trying to scout for indie websites that offer e-books — buying from Amazon via the Kindle is a convenience, but not supportive of smaller businesses. I want to do better!

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