We like to share. We share what where we are. We share what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it with. We share what we’re eating. We share what we’re watching. We share what we’re listening to.
But there seems to be no consensus favorite service to share what books we are currently reading.
Readmill hopes to be this solution.
In their own words, Readmill “is a curious community of readers, sharing and highlighting the books they love. Welcome to a world of reading.”
When reading through an e-book on your tablet or smartphone and come across a compelling quote or section of the book, simply highlight your desired text and select the “Readmill” option to share with others. You can share directly on the Readmill platform itself in addition to Facebook and/or Twitter as well. Simply grant Readmill access to your Twitter and Facebook accounts to find which of your friends are already using this service.
Additionally, you can browse through their prexisting database to find other users, see what they have read and are currently reading, and “follow” them to get notified when they start on a new book. This particular feature could prove to be a great tool to stay current with what other prominent industry leaders are reading. Chances are if they’re taking the time to read a particular book, you should too.
In digging through the current Readmill user-base, there is clearly an entrepreneurial skew. Some of the top read titles include: Responsive Web Design, Mobile First, The Elements of Content Strategy, and, of course, the new Steve Jobs biography. Before taking the energy to dig into any of these books, it’s worth a user’s time to read some of the “closing remarks” to see what others have to say.
The biggest holdup with the platform seems to be the extra steps required in getting a book into the application itself. For an iPad user to upload to his/her personal library, he/she must first sync through Dropbox, e-mail the file, or to transfer it through his/her iTunes account. Although not overly laborious, the extra step may be enough to dissuade users from fully adopting the service. Hopefully Readmill finds a more seamless approach to integrate the app in the near future.