Ironic this comes from someone at Typekit, which has gone downhill (unless you count the addition of 10,000 garbage fonts) since Adobe bought it.
I'm heartbroken by the loss of Readmill. Met some incredible people in the margins of books, and have had long and thoughtful conversations with fellow readers, authors, and myself.
Readmill have done an awesome job at giving us tools to rescue our data. But where to put it? How can we keep getting value out of the time we've invested into Readmill? I personally have over 600 highlights and tens of thousands words written in the margins, now locked up in a big JSON dump.
A few of us have banded together to build a tool to rehome your Readmill library. It'll sync your Readmill highlights up until July 1 (and you can upload your dump as well.) When Readmill shuts down for good, we're hoping there'll be a nice replacement service that we can integrate with—giving you some continuity with your library.
Of course, all of your stuff will be exportable in a useful format; lest history repeat itself. In fact, we're really keen to hear suggestions on:
- a sustainable business model for something like this
- some best practices around your data: access, portability, etc.
Oh, and if you have five minutes to answer a few questions, answer this survey: it will help shape the future of Readshelf, and your library.
Very excited to see what you guys do with this. Let me know if there is anything else you need feedback on.
Liza Daly from W3C and Safari Flow recently posted an open call for people that want to help W3C to solve a range of issues in e-publishing — annotations and bookmarks being one of them. Seeing the good work you guys are doing in pushing for new standardized solutions, perhaps you should join them in this mission.
Do you guys think the code can be available as an opensource, and people can make it compatible with their own hosting or clouddrives aka (Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive)?
for most of his needs, Google Play reader would be a suitable replacement. I do agree with his sentiment of losing another quality app. Catch Notes is another example.
I also wonder if somehow I could’ve given Readmill my money: could a revenue model have saved them? I’m often critical of startups that have no business plan, but then who’s to say that would’ve worked?
i don't understand this growing sentiment in startup culture. investments are finite. acquisitions are rare. a sustainable service needs to make its own money.
I don't think that's his point.
I think he's saying that even with a business plan that seemed feasible, it would have probably failed anyway because of the nature of the space they were in
i'm not sure how that is implied at all within the context of this post. everpix isn't a particularly apt parallel since their downfall was overspending and mismanagement.
This statement doesn't say that startups shouldn't have a business plan.
"I’m often critical of startups that have no business plan, but then who’s to say that would’ve worked?"
Either way - agree to disagree