ReadMill is a Berlin-based startup in the crowded social reading niche. They've been working for some time now to find ways to stand out from the crowd by offering support for Adobe DE DRM, releasing apps which integrated paper books into the social reading experience, and by forming partnerships with ebookstores and free ebook websites.
Gumroad was founded in early 2012 by serial entrepreneur Sahil Lavingia. It is designed to be the simplest marketplace possible. I've mentioned this service once or twice before, and it originally caught my attention because Gumroad does very little more than handle payment processing. This service can help an author sell an ebook, PDF, or media file, but all that Gumroad will do is serve up the file. This service was designed to reduce cost to a minimum and let authors sell through their existing website and social network.
The founder of Gumroad looks forward to giving sellers more time to write great books. “Reading should be an open and shared experience, for both authors and readers," Sahil said in a statement. "Readmill and Gumroad will help authors make money doing what they love — writing — selling directly to their readership — so they can continue doing what they love: writing more. “
Along with Gumtree, ReadMill also signed a new deal today with Firsty Group, a specialist in digital publishing & distribution. Firsty Group will be offering a Send to Readmill option to all of the publishers they work with.
All in all, ReadMill has partnered with over 30 self-pub startups, ebookstores, publishers, and free ebook sites including Feedbooks, UnGlueIt, BiblioCrunch, BookRix, and more.