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.