We’re back with another exclusive commentary, this time from Andrew Travers — author of A Pocket Guide to Interviewing for research. Andrew has took some time out to delve deeper into some key parts of the book, giving you a peek behind the scenes at each. Check it out.
We take a weekly look at some of the best, most interesting highlights on Readmill. From silly to serious, we’ll hand-pick some gems and help you find your next read.
Being able to delete highlights is rather important. Sometimes we miss a few words, sometimes we take too many. You may be familiar with this on Readmill.com and iPad, but have you found out how to delete highlights on iPhone?
It’s all in the swipe
Tap the Readmill icon at the top of your book, and then swipe left on a highlight. A little trash can will appear - hit that guy, and you’re done. Our latest update makes the swiping a lot easier than previous versions. Give it a go!
Maik Schmidt joins us this time around for another instalment of our exclusive commentary series. Schmidt, author of Arduino, has lovingly left some extra bits in the margins for you all to enjoy. Check them out!
We all just got back from Sweden — Gällnö, to be precise. We spent five days in the summer sun for our company retreat, talking books and other kinds of cool stuff. At Stockholm Airport we managed to grab a quick team* snap. Look how big we’ve gotten!
*David was behind the camera, but joined in with the smiling.
Today we’ve introduced something very exciting. It’s like a bookstore, except everything is free. With a single tap, you’ll be able to read classics such as The Great Gatsby, Metamorphosis and Anna Karenina. Not only that, today you’ll be able to pick up premium books that usually have a price tag for free — only for 24 hours. It’s all part of our new Explore section.
11 stellar books free of charge, with thousands more inside
We work with fantastic publishers, retailers and authors across the globe. With their help we’ve selected some of the best books out there, books we know you’ll love, and will be offering them to you completely free for 24 hours through our mobile apps. Explore will rotate through new books regularly, but up for grabs right now are these beauties:
Get the update now
Our new Explore section comes as an update to our mobile apps, available right now in the App Store. You’ll also find some other small changes and improvements which we hope you’ll like.
Robert Mills, author of Practical Guide to Designing the Invisible, dropped by Readmill this week and left some extended commentary on five key parts of his own book. Enjoy these extra bits, and check out the popular highlights if you haven’t already.
This is a guest post from Steff El Madawi, a mature student from Halifax, UK.
You can follow her on Twitter here, and catch her reading here.
I was introduced to Readmill whilst researching a second year assignment in literature and critical and cultural theory. It was suggested that ‘social reading’ could assist with the development of ideas for the essay, but I must admit I was sceptical. After compiling masses of notes, quotes and index tabs in my hard copy of the text, I thought it couldn’t hurt to see what else was available as I was struggling to keep my ideas in order.
My peers were reading the texts on Kindles and mentioned the highlight tool, which allowed for annotations to be made and referred to later. I ran an e-copy on Kindle desktop parallel with my ‘analogue’ copy and found that Readmill offered a tool - the bookmarklet - that would allow me to sync my highlights for discussion with my classmates and tutor ‘inside’ Readmill.
Once I mastered the the syncing process, I found I could record my thoughts and ideas as they happened. I then went on to discuss and explore my findings with input from my tutor and my peers, which allowed me to efficiently and systematically cleanse and collate my data ready for the writing-up phase. It was extremely helpful to know that every scrap of an idea was retrievable along with the thought processes that brought it into being, and all in a forum that allowed me to engage my tutor’s guidance without the inconvenience of meetings and emails.
I achieved a very high first for the assignment; Readmill played a significant part in my process and I only wish I had looked past my technology snobbery sooner! I’d highly recommend it, especially to readers of physical books who need a way to organise their many and messy observations.
We have some more exclusive commentary for you today, this time on one of Readmill’s most popular books - Responsive Web Design. Ethan Marcotte has highlighted 5 important parts, and has left some additional commentary and background on them. Enjoy!
Earlier this week we announced our very first Readalong. We hope you’re excited to join in! Four books were up for vote, and one has clearly come out on top. Join us this Sunday to read A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Here are the details.
Matthew from Readmill will be starting the book at 1pm CET. If you’re in Europe we hope you’ll join in from then onwards. If you’re elsewhere in the world, you can start reading at a time that suits you.
Highlights, comments and closing remarks are encouraged, and we’ll be posting a recap of the Readalong next week including our favourites. Oh, and the hashtag on Twitter will be #readmillreadalong!
This readalong has finished! Check back soon for another!
See you on Sunday!