Readmill’s Epilogue, Medium’s colonization and other Newsbits

The end of Readmill, Hello Medium

Readmill was — while it lasted — a really  attractive reading (smartphone) app. However, like many “content apps” there’s a point where you can’t simply survive on being a good concept.

Over the past few days, Readmill has tweeted, emailed, and posted its “Epilogue” statement . This notice is effectively giving the community a way to download their books and data before closing up shop.

It looks like Dropbox has acquired Readmill (and its founders) but I’m not quite clear that the blog offers how Readmill staff will work with Dropbox (which is largely known as a filesharing site.)

Meanwhile Medium has created an App as a means of delivering its content. ( For those of you unfamiliar with Medium, the site has its roots with several founders of Twitter.)

Currently its app is “Read Only” but one can imagine they will progress towards emulating other “content providers” such as WordPress or Blogger in developing a mobile app designed to encourage mobile blogging.

Perhaps I should not have been surprised to discover that fiction was live and well on Medium. I discovered a Flash Fiction collection as well as one for posting fiction to Medium.

In a way, this change of fortune seems to be a part of the natural ups and downs of online fiction and serial novel production.  We’ll have to see who rises and falls in this next year.

Other Newsbits

  • Another community newspaper embraces the digital serial — this one promises to feature illustrations.  I rather enjoy watching this concept playing out in smaller papers around the U.S.  I’m not sure why this is suddenly popular again with smaller papers but I enjoy the idea of featuring content uniquely relevant to the readership.
  • Wattpad gets a high-profile bump in the New York Times.  Granted, this comes weeks after the NBCNews blog and doesn’t feature anything new for those who are long-time readers of this blog but the NYTimes is a unique landmark — since it is a place that has a long history with books and its bestseller lists.  It is odd, though, that it’s appeared in the “Technology” section — as if the Culture section had no interest in it.
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