In my recent App Synergy guest column, I mentioned some apps that could enrich your reading experience on your iPad. One of the apps that I regrettably left out, owing to my implicit focus on DRM-protected e-books, was the non-DRM e-book reader Readmill. As it happens, Readmill deserves special mention now not just in reparation for my deliberate omission but by virtue of its recent update.
Updated to version 2.0.5, Readmill is now enhanced for the new iPad’s Retina display. This makes for backlit screen reading that is for sure easier on the eyes. A built-in Web browser has also been added to easily access links within books. But it seems that the app’s graphics upgrade and its native Web browsing support are just a couple of footnotes compared to the other improvements included in the update.
As stated in the blog post put up by the team behind Readmill to provide the details of the update, “going unnoticed” is the update’s larger objective. This entails the removal of the somewhat obtrusive connect pop-over in favor of a side-loading panel. This new panel conveniently contains all of your sharing and tracking options, including your highlights. In line with this, the Readmill team says that “as much as Readmill is going unnoticed, your achievements never will.” So, the update also introduces a new reward screen that appears every time you finish a book, whether it’s as short as “Of Mice and Men” or as long as “War and Peace.”
Readmill is available in the App Store for free. A number of hidden new features are said to be included in the new version of the app. It would be a shame to let them go unnoticed, so better get reading now with Readmill.