Today we’re delighted to introduce another wonderful way to read together from anywhere. Our latest update for iOS brings your feed into the app, so you can follow along with what your friends are reading.
While our community highlights view makes for an instant book club in every book, your feed is a library reading room, where you can peek over the shoulders of friends and catch glimpses of books you wouldn’t find otherwise.
You can curate your feed by following friends, authors and anyone else you’d like to read with. Then when you visit the feed, you’ll find the latest highlights, reviews and discussions from your favorite readers.
“‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’ applies outside the fields of politics as well; it means that we must constantly reevaluate what we do, lest habits and past wisdom blind us to new possibilities.”—Highlighted by Greger Hagström in Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Our API allows developers to build new reading tools of their own and integrate Readmill features into other apps. Today we’re pleased to introduce Kristian Guillaumier who has integrated Readmill cloud storage into his ereader. It’s another way to take your Readmill library with you wherever you go.
Read on to meet Kristian and find out how it works.
Tell us a bit about yourself as a reader. When do you find time for reading, and what sort of books do you love to read?
I always try to find a couple of hours every day to read, usually before going to sleep. I’m not too picky about genres; the books I read are usually recommendations from friends or ones that I’ve discovered when reading up on those I’ve already enjoyed.
You’ve said that you fell in love with the convenience of ebooks five years ago when you bought a Sony 505. Has your reading behavior changed since you started reading ebooks?
I find that I’m reading much more than I used to and use Marvin’s built in tools all the time to help me learn more about the characters, books and authors I enjoy. This is my preferred way to discover new books and add them to my “to read” list.
How does Readmill integration work?
Marvin has a “Get books” panel in its library that lets you connect to several services including a native calibre connection, Dropbox, OPDS services and web catalogs. Readmill is now in the “Get books” panel.
Readers just have to sign in to Readmill and all of their EPUB books will be listed, filtered and sorted for easy one-tap access. You can also batch download books into your library. Marvin supports DRM-free EPUB books.
What do you predict will be the most important next developments in ebook reading?
Personalized and reliable discovery: Many people probably already have more books in their reading list than they’ll ever read. However, nothing beats a high quality recommendation from a friend or a trusted source to inspire your next read, especially if they know what kind of stuff you enjoy.
I’m also starting to warm up to the idea of eBooks as “mini” social networks where like-minded readers can get together to interact, discuss and learn more about books they’re interested in.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
I just finished The Circle by Dave Eggers. It raises a lot of interesting questions that are worth thinking about.
Searching for the perfect gift to surprise your favorite Readmiller this holiday season? Why, look no further! March on down to the Readmill store and take advantage of our week-long sale. We’ve got comfy t-shirts and shiny stickers at reduced prices.
Manage multiple DRM accounts with Readmill for iOS
When you add a book to your Readmill library, there’s no need to worry about whether it’s protected with Adobe DRM. You can simply upload it to your library and open it in the iOS app, as you would for other ePub and PDF files.
But for those who need greater flexibility, our latest update for iOS includes the ability to authorize multiple DRM accounts from within the Readmill app.
Navigate to Settings from your app profile page. Select ‘DRM accounts’ and then ‘Add.’ Choose the account type, enter your credentials, and make sure to tap ‘Save.’ You can now read any DRM-protected books associated with this account.
The Readmill iOS app also allows you to change the default DRM account that authorizes new books. For example, if you prefer to have all of your books authorized with your Adobe ID, you can set this as your default account. Navigate to ‘DRM accounts’ in app Settings and select the account you want as the default from the list.
Announcing our newest publishing partner, Penguin UK
Today we’re pleased to announce our newest publishing partner, Penguin UK. If you’re anything like us, you can surely count many of your new and all-time favorite books among Penguin UK’s vast catalog of award-winning titles.
Send Penguin UK ebooks seamlessly to your Readmill library for reading on iPhone and iPad.
Now when you purchase ebooks from Penguin UK, you can send them instantly to your Readmill library. We’re honored to provide a beautiful mobile reading experience for some of the world’s most well-loved books. Look for the Send to Readmill button the next time you purchase an ebook at penguin.co.uk.
We’ve partnered with over 80 publishers and ebook retailers, so you can send your favorite books seamlessly to your Readmill library. Be sure to check out our list of publishing partners and recommended stores here.
Since we introduced Readmill for Android in October, highlighting has been our most requested feature. It’s one of the best ways to connect with other readers in the community, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you today.
To start highlighting, simply press firmly to select one word. Then, press and drag the green tab on either side to select the passage that you want to highlight. Release and choose “Highlight” from the pop-up menu.
While reading, you can view all of your highlights in a book by selecting the highlights icon from the menu bar at the top of the page. To delete a highlight, tap on the highlight while reading and you’ll see a popup.
You can comment upon, like or share your highlights from the Android app by visiting your profile page. Soon it will be possible to highlight across pages and share highlights from within the Android app itself.
Give your favorite Readmill highlights new form and function by pinning them to Pinterest, directly from our iOS app. Pinterest sharing has been possible from the web for a few months. Now you can pin whenever and wherever you’d like! To get started, make sure that you have the Pinterest app installed on your device. Happy Pinning!
From the highlight view, tap the share icon in the top right corner and then select Pinterest. You’ll be prompted to choose the Pinterest board where the pin will appear.
Filling up your Readmill library just got a lot easier. With our latest update for iOS, you can add books directly from your Dropbox account to your Readmill library.
If you’re using the app for the first time and your library is empty, you’ll be prompted to import from Dropbox directly. Otherwise, navigate from your app profile to your settings, select ‘Import Books from Dropbox’ and connect your account. We’ll scan your Dropbox account for books and you can choose which to add to your Readmill library.
This excerpt is adapted especially for the Readmill community, and we can’t wait for you to mark it up with your highlights and comments. If you’d like to write directly to Clive, simply mention @clive5 in your comment.
This week’s iOS update includes simple highlighting, a quicker, easier way to highlight passages while reading. Just press and drag over the words you’d like to select. That’s all there is to it. To leave a comment, share or delete, tap on the highlight and a new window will appear.
For two years, the Readmill community has been writing in the margins of ebooks. You’ve created hundreds of thousands of highlights and comments and shared them across the web, making new connections each day through the books you read.
Today we bring that community into the book itself. With our latest iOS update, you’ll be able to read along with the highlights of fellow readers, make comments, and discuss a passage without ever leaving the book. And each time you read a book publicly, making highlights and comments along the way, you’ll reshape the experience for other readers. Our new community highlights view is an entirely new way to read together from anywhere.
Download today’s update to start reading with community highlights. You can turn them on or off anytime as you read by tapping the Readmill icon, then selecting the settings icon in the upper right corner.
It doesn’t stop there. Today’s update is brimming with new features crafted with your feedback in mind, including a simpler, faster way to highlight. And when you do find a passage you love, you can now email or text your highlight to a friend or add it to your Pinterest boards as you read. You can also import books to your library from Dropbox. Stay tuned as we share more about these features throughout the week.
As always, we’d love to hear from you at email@example.com. Or, even better, let’s meet over your favorite line in your next favorite book.
The Alpine Review's first issue, “Antifragility,” is available for free in Explore for the month of November, in celebration of their second issue. Inside you’ll find a diverse collection of essays and interviews, including manifestos on design thinking, reflections on the “coffeeshopification” of our workplaces, and a profile of Berlin as “The City of Now.”
Feature Focus: Seamless syncing across your devices
Feature Focus is a series of blog posts that explain how to get the most out of your Readmill experience. For our fourth post, we’ll walk you through how to sync your Readmill library across your devices.
Whether you set aside time to read each evening or prefer to read in snippets during your daily commute, Readmill is with you every step of the way. With cross-device and cross-platform syncing, you can read a few pages on your Android phone while in line at the supermarket and then curl up later with your iPad before bed. The Readmill app will pick up right where you left off. If you read offline, you’ll need to make sure to sync your library once you have an Internet connection.
To sync your library with Readmill for Android, select the options menu and choose ‘sync library.’
Simply pull to sync your library in Readmill for iOS.
Please write us anytime with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”—Highlighted by Emily Phillips in Walden
New features in today’s Readmill for Android update
When we launched Readmill for Android just three weeks ago, we were curious to learn which features were most important to you. Your constructive feedback helped us to prioritize our next steps, and we’re excited to show you what’s new in today’s release.
Our latest update includes three essential tools for an even better reading experience on your Android device. Use the volume buttons to page through your book, look up words from within the text, and easily select passages to copy. We’ve also subtly tweaked our margins, making reading on tablets more balanced.
To start paging with volume buttons, tap on the options menu, select settings, and enable the volume button paging feature. You’re all set!
Press and release to select a word for defining. You will then have the option to define or copy the word. If you want to select more text and copy, use the green handlebars that appear. Drag and release to select your desired text.
Source the best reading material
You can now open external ePubs in Readmill from anywhere on your device. In addition, you can manually scan any folder on your device to import books to the app. Be sure to visit our updated Explore page, featuring a curated fall reading list available for free.
Select the options menu, choose settings, and then tap ‘import books from device.’ To search particular folders, tap again on the options menu and select ‘search elsewhere.’
More to come
We’re hard at work building new features to share with you as soon as possible. Stay tuned for highlighting, DRM and PDF support. And, as always, send your questions and comments our way via email@example.com.
Even after you’ve closed a book, other readers may be responding to highlights and comments you’ve made in Readmill. With our latest iOS update, we’ve created push notifications to keep you up to date on activity in your library and in the community. That way, you can return to discussions as they unfold.
To choose which notifications you’d like to receive, go to your profile view within the app and tap the settings icon in the top right corner. Select “settings,” then “notifications,” and from there you can turn specific notifications on or off.
Be sure to download the latest update, if you haven’t already. And as always, please write to us with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I first discovered Readmill in January as I was searching for a way to take part in 24-Hour Bookclub. As far as I could tell, Readmill was the most beautiful, quiet way to read while also sharing highlights and participating in the discussion. Soon enough, I was reading everything I possibly could with Readmill on my phone.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I moved from Atlanta to Berlin to join the Readmill team as Community Manager. And, as it turns out, I’ve arrived just in time for the one-year anniversary of 24-Hour Bookclub.
This Sunday, October 20, I’ll be reading along with 24-Hour Bookclub from the Readmill headquarters in Berlin. We’ll be reading The Boy Kings by Katherine Losse, and anyone can join.
I’d love to read together from 4 to 7pm, if you’re here in Berlin, and throughout the day with Readmill from anywhere. Just send me a note at email@example.com if you plan to stop by.
Over the summer, we noticed a common theme among our support requests. Many of you wrote to us about adding and removing books from your library, or wondered whether it was possible at all. We decided it was time to make the process simpler, so that you could get back to reading.
We’ve brought the library front and center on the web, so it’s now the first thing you see when you log in. You can still view your feed from the drop-down menu under your profile photo in the top right corner.
Adding books to your library
You can click the green plus sign to upload ePub, PDF or ACSM files from your computer. Or, simply drag multiple files onto the page.
Download, delete and remove books from devices
Hover over any book to view the three options: Remove from devices, Download or Delete. Once you’ve selected a book, it will be highlighted in blue, and you can choose any of the three actions. Select multiple books at once by holding down control (PC) or command (Mac).
Removing a book can help save space and speed up syncing on your devices, while still keeping it saved in your Readmill library. Once you remove a book, you can find it in the “Not on devices” tab on the right, and you can restore it to your devices again at any time. Choosing “Delete” will remove the book completely from your Readmill library.
“To design, to code, to write is to embrace danger, to plunge ahead into the unknown, making new things out of constantly changing materials, exposing yourself to criticism and failure every single day.”—Highlighted by Alex Aubert in Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
We’re forever in search of great stories, so we’re delighted to share three gems with you in I Stole the Rain, available for free today in Explore.
An unforgettable debut by Italian author Elisa Ruotolo, this short story collection is published for the first time in English by Frisch & Co. In celebration of its release, you can add it to your Readmill library for free today only.
After releasing our iPhone app back in February, we discovered something really interesting about reading behavior. First, we noticed it in the office: we stopped using our tablets and moved to reading on our phones. The phone is simply more convenient. You always have your library with you, and since displays have improved so much, reading on your phone is actually a pleasure. Later, we also started to see this in our numbers: People reading with our iPhone app are more engaged, reading more books more frequently. So, it became very clear to us that we should bring Readmill to Android.
When did production begin, and what were some of the challenges you faced?
We started working on it this spring. Readmill had been iOS-only since the start, so as a team we were very iOS focused. When you are small, you have to be careful with how many things you build, or you’ll lose focus. But there were so many signals telling us to build an Android app—relentless feedback from users, for one thing—so we decided to go for it. Rebuilding Readmill from scratch on Android was a lot of work, but it gave us an opportunity to look over the core experience and improve it.
One of our design goals with the app was that it should feel native to Android. We have several long-time Android users on the team who were really helpful in giving design feedback. Even though many of us started using Android phones, it takes a while to develop that sense of what fits and what doesn’t. Anything that didn’t feel at home on Android got eliminated quite quickly.
Has the move into Android influenced the overall philosophy behind Readmill?
Yes, definitely. What’s interesting about the growth of smartphones is that everyone is now walking around with a great reading device in their pocket. But there’s still this notion that reading books on your phone is bad: “The screen is too small,” “It’s uncomfortable for your eyes,” etc. We want to debunk that myth. Once people try it, they love it. That’s what our users are telling us.
We want to build a reading experience that shows how beautiful reading books on phones can be. With our Android app, Readmill is now available on the majority of smartphones, which is an important step toward that goal.
We chose to release Android very early, so it doesn’t yet have all the features available in the iOS version. But we took the time to rethink some of the essentials to make them even better. For example, the app is engineered to work fully even when you are offline, something that is not in the iOS version yet. All of your data is saved locally and synced when you get a connection, which is pretty great if you’re reading in places where there is no internet. Another Android exclusive is that you can import books already on your device, which makes it easy for new users to move their library over to Readmill. This feature has been very successful—Android users are importing lots of books.
Which features are coming next for Android?
Highlighting, PDF, and DRM support are at the top of the list. We’ve received tons of feedback from the community, so it’s easy to see which features are most loved and to prioritize them. We’re working as hard as we can to bring them to you soon.
This is the third and final video in a series featuring a few of our publishing partners. Check out the first, which profiles London-based Do Book Co., and the second, featuring the Pragmatic Programmer.
With our latest update, Readmill is now more at home in iOS 7. We’ve eliminated visual distractions, so it’s easier than ever to get lost in the book you’re reading. A clean and simple reading experience has always been our first priority, and the new operating system has allowed us to make that experience even better.
Readmill’s design was already well-suited to the aesthetic of iOS 7, so you’ll only notice subtle changes to the appearance of the app. We’ve refined our visual language to bring the text into the foreground, and we’ve removed shadows, gradients, and other unnecessary visual effects from all views.
Be sure to download the update, if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think. New features are always in the works, so we’d love to hear what you’d like to see next.
Readmill for Android is here! Download the app and start reading now. (Please be patient while the app takes some time to appear in the store.)
Readmill for Android sports the same clean, distraction-free reading experience as our iOS app. It stores your entire library and syncs it across your devices. You’ll also find free books in Explore to fill your library in no time.
Read on a train, read on a plane
With our new complete offline mode, you can start and finish books without internet connection. As soon as you’re back on the grid, your reading will sync with your Readmill profile.
Import books already on your device
In one simple step you can import any ePub file on your device to your library. If you already use another ebook app on your Android phone, this is an easy way to get started quickly with Readmill.
Starting to read is simple, as it should be
The app will automatically recognize when you start reading a book. On the first page, select whether you want to share the book, then just swipe to start. It’s that simple.
This is just the beginning
Readmill for Android is available today in Google Play and Amazon Appstore. It’s crafted for phones but will work on any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or higher. We’ll continue to roll out features in the months to come—highlighting, support for DRM, and PDF books are coming soon. Tell us what you think, and let us know which features you’d like to see next.
To those who are just joining us, welcome to the Readmill community.
Feature Focus is a series of blog posts that explain how to milk Readmill for all it’s worth. For our second post, we’ll walk you through how to highlight across pages.
A common question: The passage I want to highlight continues onto the next page in my book. Can I highlight across pages in Readmill?
Why, yes! It is possible to highlight across pages in Readmill. But how to do it?
So, you’ve highlighted successfully so far using Readmill. Now it’s time to learn a new trick: when your highlight continues onto the next page of your book, simply press and drag the green dot up until the end of the page. Then, let go and swipe to the next page in your book. The highlight will continue to include the first word on the following page. Continue to highlight as usual from there.
Highlight until the end of a page, then swipe to the next and your highlight will continue.
Disclaimer: it is not possible to highlight across more than two pages at once. Highlighting across pages is not possible for PDF files.
Summer is most definitely dwindling (dare we say, gone?!), but today we harken back to those warmer days to hear from two Readmill interns. That’s right, we’ve got a double feature with Jeff and Gustav, two students who joined us this past summer.
This was my first time in Berlin - in fact, this summer was my first time in Europe! I had a blast meeting new people and learning about different cultures in Berlin and throughout the continent.
Describe the projects you were working on.
What were your first impressions of the Readmill team?
My first impression of the Readmill team was that everyone is so young and yet so talented. Each person on the team comes from a different background, yet shares the same passion for what they do. I was able to learn a lot from them throughout the entire summer.
Describe yourself as a reader.
I love reading biographies, but as a student I don’t find much time to read. I find Readmill to be very useful because I can read in short bursts when I’m on the bus or when I’m waiting for my next class.
Meet Gustav, who studies at KTH in Stockholm.
Gustav hails from a small village outside Sandviken, Sweden, about 200 km north of Stockholm. He moved to Stockholm in 2006 to work as a photo retoucher. After a few years, Gustav decided to study computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology, where he’s set to begin his fourth year this fall. Gustav has also worked in user experience and user interface development for a company in Stockholm.
Describe your responsibilities at Readmill.
On Readmill I worked exclusively on the Android team with Christoffer. During the summer we worked on developing an alpha version of the Readmill app for Android.
What were your first impressions of the Readmill team?
My first impression of the Readmill team was that they’re a group of incredibly creative and friendly people. To take part of their knowledge and expertise during this summer was very rewarding.
When, what and how do you read?
During most of the year, I read books that relate to my studies. But when I get time for anything else, I read sci-fi books or biographies. I also have a love for the zombie genre. I can really recommend World War Z by Max Brooks.
Have Jeff and Gustav’s stories peaked your interest? We’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we’re launching Feature Focus, a series of blog posts that will explain how to milk Readmill for all it’s worth. For our first post, we’ll walk you through how to highlight your favorite passages.
Highlighting is the first step to engage with the larger Readmill community. You can share your highlights with friends and fellow readers, post them to social media, or just keep them for yourself. When you are finished a book, your highlights serve as a reminder of what you read - you’ll always be able to browse the passages you found most compelling, confusing, or beautiful.
You can highlight in ePubs and PDFs with Readmill. To start highlighting, simply press firmly on the screen of your device to select one word. Then, to select the passage that you want to highlight, press and drag the green dot on either side of the selected word. Let go and choose “Highlight” from the pop-up menu. Here’s what that looks like:
A new window will appear at the top of the page. On the iPad, you will be able to see the whole highlight in yellow. On the iPhone, gently press and drag from the top of the screen to see your highlight in its entirety. You have the option to add commentary and/or share the highlight with others via social media or e-mail. Tap the green “Done” button to save your highlight. The iPad view will look like this:
It’s that easy - your nimble fingers will be highlighting away!
That’s the basics of highlighting with Readmill - in upcoming posts we’ll show you what else you can do.