17. October 2012–
The holy grail for Berlin-based social reading startup Readmill will be to allow its iPad app to access any digital book. This week's update took it a big step closer.
Readmill –available for iPad since last December and with more devices on the way – works by letting users read, take notes and share their thoughts and recommendations from within the app, as well as "follow" friends and authors.
The updated iPad app, released yesterday, now supports Adobe DRM-protected ePub and PDF files. This expands the offerings available from the Google Play and Kobo stores, and – as TechCrunch also pointed out – it expands the app's appeal beyond just books to any PDF. We're thinking study readings, work documents...
There are a few limitations – PDFs can't be annotated using Readmil yet (the team's working on it) and Apple iBooks and Kindle .mobi book files are still off limits.
Readmill also announced yesterday six new "Send to Readmill" partnerships with digital book retailers – taking the total to nearly 30 partners who allow digital book purchases to be sent straight to users' Readmill libraries.
It's been a big few weeks for the Berlin digital book scene all up. As well as Readmill's update, new publishing platform ebookmakr launched its public beta last week and Christophe Maire's txtr released the Beagle, billed as the world's smallest eReader.
Maire is also an investor in Readmill, alongside Peter Read, SoundCloud's Eric Wahlforss and Alexander Jung, Index Ventures, Passion Capital and Wellington Partners who joined in a Series A round in June. The company employs 10.