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| March 28, 2014
Readmill Confirms Dropbox Acquisition, Announces Shutdown Date
The Readmill saga is coming to an end. In a blog post on its site, the social reading app has just confirmed Dropbox has acquired it. The news was first reported yesterday. And, unfortunately, as of today it is no longer possible to create an account on the service. The app will no longer be available on Tuesday, July 1:
As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account, and on July 1, 2014, the Readmill app will no longer be available. For the next three months, our first priority is to help you transition to other services and get back to reading. All of your books and reading data are available for export in multiple formats. Our team will be joining Dropbox, where our expertise in reading, collaboration and syncing across devices finds a fitting home. Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading. We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.In the blog post, Readmill also offers an extensive FAQ to help users export their data and answer other questions. The company confirms that Dropbox will not be creating an app similar to Readmill, but does offer a small tease about future plans:
No. But since reading on screens of all sizes is essential to work and life for so many, we’ll be approaching similar challenges in new ways at Dropbox.Originally arriving on the App Store in 2011, Readmill allowed users to share their thoughts on the latest novel that they completed. We featured the app a number of times here at AppAdvice, and we’re definitely sad to see it shut down. For other recent news, see: Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant To Expand, Accommodate Work On New Component, The Microsoft Office Mobile App For iPhone Is Now Free For Home Users, and Has A Schematic Of Apple's 'iPhone 6' Been Leaked?