The Future of Books is the Device You Have With You – Which Might Not be Your Phone

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The Verge posted an interview yesterday of Oyster founder Willem Van Lancker. He makes some bold claims about the future of books, including that the phone is the future of ebooks: Where are people reading more, tablets, phones, or on the web? We've always been really big believers that the device of the future for books is the phone. ...

Oyster Goes Social, Lets Readers Create and Share Book Lists

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Oyster made the next step in book discovery; they're now letting readers help each other find their next read. On Tuesday this ebook subscription service took a leaf from the product book of Goodreads and launched Book Lists, a new way for readers to assemble and share personalized collections of titles. Like the thought (and sometime conflict) provoking bookshelf feature found on ...

Goodreads Adds Automatic Sync with Amazon Book Purchases

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Goodreads has just announced another reason for Amazon customers to use the site. The online book community, which Amazon acquired last year, is now enabling readers to automatically sync their Amazon book purchases with their Goodreads account. The new feature is being slowly rolled out to Goodreads users and it is currently limited to only the ...

Wattpad Raises $46 Million in New Funding

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Wattpad launched phase 3 of their expansion plan today: Launch community Not be acquired by Amazon Profit! The online reading community announced on Tuesday that they had raised a total of $46 million in a C Funding round. The round was led by OMERS Ventures and included all of the company’s existing investors as well as August Capital, Raine ...

Readmill is Shutting Down – What to do Next

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It has now been a week since Readmill announced that they were being acquired by Dropbox, and now that the appropriate mourning period is over it is time to consider what to do next. Exporting Your Account Long time Readmill users should probably look into exporting their account details, which can be done here. There's no easy way ...

It’s Official: Dropbox Buys Readmill, Will Shut it Down in 3 Months

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Readmill has just posted an official confirmation of yesterday's acquisition story. They now belong to Dropbox, and the new owner is going to shut down Readmill: Three years ago, we set out to create an open, independent reading platform. We believed that the reading experience could be beautiful and that it was meant to be shared. ... Readmill’s ...

Three Guesses Why Dropbox Wants to Buy Readmill

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TechCrunch is reporting that a certain cloud storage service is looking to acquire Readmill, a social reading platform. I'm still waiting for Readmill to deny the report, but I believe it's true and I bet I can tell you why Dropbox wants Readmill. Update: Readmill has confirmed the acquisition. From TechCrunch: According to what we’re hearing, the deal value ...

The Not-GoodReads Book Community BookLikes Adds Kindle Integration

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Booklovers, rejoice. The blog-focused book community BookLikes has added new support for the Kindle. BookLikes members can now sync their Kindle account with BookLikes  and share their reading stats with other members. Members can share their reading status and the latest information on the ebooks they have read and rated. I've just checked it out, and apparently ...