The second coming of Readmill has been quite popular since it launched last November, but it was missing something: support for Android.
That changed today. Glose has launched a new Android app which brings its social reading platform to Android. The app features all the same great shared reading experience which iPad and iPhone users have enjoyed for the past 7 months, and it also has access to Glose’s 600,000 title strong ebookstore.
In related news, Glose has also added excerpts to its ebookstore, which brings me to the bigger story today.
Glose might not have the largest ebookstore but they do offer a feature which the Kindle Store lacks: seamless excerpts.
If you download an excerpt from Glose’s ebookstore, you can read it, annotate and share, etc, and if you decide to buy the ebook the excerpts will be transferred over from the excerpt to the paid ebook.
“We are launching the biggest freemium offer on the book market,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Princen told TechCrunch. “We will let you read the first 10 percent of any book for free. We are different from Amazon as you only download a single file. You can download an excerpt and do everything you would do in Glose, and you will keep everything.”
He’s not wrong. I just checked, and the Kindle Store didn’t offer this feature (not for either of the two ebooks I bought). For some reason I thought Amazon was already doing this, but I guess I was wrong.
That puts Glose one step ahead of the Kindle platform, which does offer a similar (but more limited) shared annotations feature called “Popular Notes and Highlights”.