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Most people rely on Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, or some other all-in-one ebook service for their digital literary fix, but there is a thriving community of users who prefer the flexibility and lack of DRM that comes with independent reading apps. This has led to more than a few excellent choices in the space, including Readmill, an ebook app dedicated to simplicity and readability. Apparently Readmill users aren't the only ones who were impressed: Dropbox has acquired the app (or at least hired the employees who made it) and the service is shutting down.

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Readmill made the announcement on the company web page, also notifying users that it's now impossible to create a new account for the Readmill app (though you can still go through Facebook). The app will be removed from Google Play and the iOS App Store on July 1st. Users can download all the books and files they've uploaded in their original formats, though getting the link may take some time. Reading statistics and reviews are also available for download, including a CSV file for importing into Goodreads, as well as JSON and XML data for developers.

Readmill isn't saying why the team is joining Dropbox, but it's a safe bet that they'll be tasked with improving the ebook and/or document experience for the popular cloud storage service. Some independent ebook reading apps already use the Dropbox API to read and sync files, so perhaps the company sees this sector as a natural area for expansion.

Source: Readmill blog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Raymond Berger

    It's very sad to see one of the best ebook readers with sync go away.
    One of my favorite features was how it'd show you approximately how long left until you to finish the book.
    Any alternatives besides Google Books?

    • Michael Vieux

      Moon+ reader is a possibility replacement.
      It will show what chapter and page you are on, and the percentage of the book you have read.
      It syncs my reading position between devices.

    • vyktorsouza

      why not google play books though? I use it to read my comics and I have no problem with it, the contrary actually, I love it

      • andy_o

        Play books is good if you un-drm your books. If not, stupid thing limits web searches and other things. One of the free ebooks I downloaded in GP didn't let me turn the first few pages for a few seconds, where there were advertisements for another book.

    • dani

      Mantano ebook reader is also a good choice.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    You know I kinda miss the blue in 4.4 after all..

  • smeddy

    While a fan of the GoodReads conccept, this kinda thing is why I'm wary of using cloud/online services for media - music, tv, movies, books - and while I always look for unDRMd material. I make exceptions for Kindle (because the Paperwhite is great) and Spotify, but I'm always wary of 'renting' material.

  • tylerbrainerd

    I hope this means an expansion of native dropbox capability. I'd love them to expand with a better txt editor and built in ebook reading, or at least with their own native apps.

    • Jaymoon

      I've already phased out Dropbox for OwnCloud, so it's sad to me when these "acquired by Dropbox" announcements are made. Just another nail in the coffin of a great service/app that had potential.