OnSwipe Has All The Hype, But Mobstac Has the Engineers

A few weeks back I posted a complaint about the latest release of OnSwipe, the new free iPad publishing service. A friend noticed the post and suggested that I look at Mobstac. It took me  few weeks to get  around to trying the service (CES distracted me), but I'm glad I did. Mobstac is better than OnSwipe in at least one way; it works. I've only been using it today, and I plan to take a deeper look sometime soon. This post is really just  heads up because I wanted to bring Mobstac to everyone's attention.

This Indian startup is only a few months old, and it is just now beginning to get the attention it deserves. It offers similar features to Onswipe and could potentially blow Onswipe out of the water. I'm looking at the demo site that Mobstac made for me, and while I don't like some of the design elements there are  number of subtle details that are nice. I like it enough that I'm willing to let you see what my site looks like:


There's an iPad and an iPhone version, and if you visit from a desktop browser you will see the iPhone version. You can also see the iPhone version from any Android tablet; Mobstac is repeating OnSwipe's mistake in ignoring Android. This is a paid service, not free, but "you get what you pay for". I was set up with  free account, so that does bias me. But this is definitely worth  deeper look.



About Nate Hoffelder (11472 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on OnSwipe Has All The Hype, But Mobstac Has the Engineers

  1. Nate,

    I’m sincerely not sure where all the hate and lack of desire to communicate comes from – we’re big fans of your blog. After your last review, I reached out to let you know it was a WP super cache issue with the plugin and that we would help immediately so you could give a proper review yet received no response back. You were okay with another company communicating and setting something up that gave you a paid product for free, which is disheartening. If you’re on a tablet, you can check out onswipe.com/thedigitalreader .

  2. Hi Nate,

    We were pleasantly surprised by your review – thanks for the words of encouragement!

    Just want you to know that we’re working hard on Android tablet support as well and will release updates as soon as we have it working reliably well on popular Android tablets, including Kindle Fire. Android phones are already supported, as are more than 5000 other phones including Nokia and Samsung devices (non-Android ones).

    Please let us know if we’re missing something.



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