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Popular eBook Reader Readmill Now On Android; We Go Hands-On [Review]

Smartphones and tablets are versatile devices with countless purposes, current right app, a tool with a decent screen size can simply serve as a great eBook reader. While there are numerous Android apps designed for the purpose, Aldiko is by far the favorite on most (including us), also it even allows you to sync your books along with reading position across devices with Aldiko Sync. Though that doesn’t mean that there’s no room searching for other alternatives - all things considered, reading is a personal experience as well as the more choices you can find, the better. Readmill is a such option that - after gaining a lot of popularity on iOS - recently made its method to Google’s smartphone and tablet platform. Optimized to work well on both phones and tablets, the app enables you to easily import your eBooks with it and read them on the go. Also, it’s backed by way of a web service of the own that keeps all of your books in addition to your last reading position synced across all your devices with the app installed, and even on any device using a modern browser via its website. In what follows, we’ll be taking an in-depth understand this app and all sorts of its features on Android.


Since Readmill is really a web service that syncs across devices, you’ll must sign up for it to use it. The subscribe process is super-fast as well as simple, due to Facebook integration, nevertheless, you may also make use of email address for the point. Once signed in, you'll land for the empty All Books view.

Readmill for Android 01 Start Screen Readmill for Android 02 All Books

As you can view, the app provides you with to import books from the device, or explore alternative ideas to add them. While you won’t find any bookstore integration for selecting books, Readmill does hook you up using a collection of free, public-domain books you could browse and download from right inside the app via Feedbooks. There are countless classics available there, and you just must hit the ‘Add’ button alongside a title to import it in your library and begin reading it. Lastly, it's also possible to add books by uploading the crooks to the service’s website and syncing the Android app from it via the menu option (more on it below). If you've used the app on iOS and synced books by using it, syncing will also bring them in your Android device.

Readmill for Android 03 Add Books Readmill for Android 04 Explore Books

If you've any DRM-free eBooks in ePub format on the device, tapping ‘Import books from device’ will automatically list all of them up, helping you to choose the ones to import by using the check boxes. Tap Import when ready, and they’ll all become accessible in the app.

Readmill for Android 05 Import Books Readmill for Android 06 Importing Books Readmill for Android 07 All Books

Readmill features a beautifully minimal, full-screen reading interface, with great focus on font rendering, no UI to get in your way. When you start reading a novel, it is possible to choose whether you need to read it in public areas (default) or private mode by punching the button inside center. Readmill carries a social side with it as well, as well as your public reading progress becomes visible for your followers on its network, so ensure that you set the Private mode on once you start reading that copy of Fifty Shades of Gray you’ve been hiding.

Readmill for Android 08 Reading Main Readmill for Android 09 Reading Cover Readmill for Android 10 Reading Content

Tapping anywhere while reading raises the page number display as well as a seek bar towards the bottom, and also some handy controls around the top. There’s the trunk button for the left to go to the app’s main page while about the right, you’ll see buttons for Table of Contents, Display settings, Highlights (the feature doesn’t are available yet) and Reading progress.

Readmill for Android 11 Reading Controls Readmill for Android 12 Reading TOC

Display settings let you choose your screen’s brightness level, decide upon a choice of five font sizes, and toggle between day and night modes. The night mode can come really handy on AMOLED displays even inside the daytime to avoid wasting battery. Unfortunately, you can find no options for choosing custom text and background colors, another font, margin size, line spacing, or auto brightness. Also, there’s no option for turning the screen timeout on or off to the app while you’re reading.

Readmill for Android 13 Reading Options Readmill for Android 14 Reading Night Mode

The right-most button within the top bar is for letting you keep an eye on the reading progress. Though in my testing, it showed the ‘Time spent’ and ‘Time left’ entries empty, and I’m uncertain if it was because of not having spent a lot of time reading that book inside app, or if the functionality is broken. Either way, tapping ‘Finish reading’ provides you with to add an assessment of your own for the book, that the followers can see once they check out it. You can also recommend it for many years by starring it. Tap ‘Finish Reading’ again also it’ll be marked as finished, showing stats like you your starting time, time used on reading it (didn’t arrive for me), and finishing time.

Readmill for Android 15 Reading Status Readmill for Android 16 Review & Finish Reading Readmill for Android 17 Finished Reading

The books that you’ve finished reading through show up in the Finished section about the app’s main screen. There’s additionally a Reading section which is supposed to show the books that you've got started reading but haven’t finished yet, however it didn’t appear anything for me in my testing despite several attempts. Also, the app is designed to show progress bars for books you are reading based on how much you’ve read, and also change the color of their entries inside list, but that didn’t happen for me in my testing.

Readmill for Android 20 Finished List Readmill for Android 19 Reading List Readmill for Android 18 All Books & Menu

The menu about the app’s main screen allows you to sync your books and reading progress with Readmill’s web service to ensure that everything stays in sync across your entire devices and around the web. Syncing books worked all right, and many types of the books that I added to the app from my phone showed up about the service’s website pretty swiftly. You can also access the app’s settings from your menu, where it is possible to view some basic info on the user profile, tap it to spread out your full profile inside the browser, access it import tool again, view support articles as well as the service’s blog, get in touch using the developers, find out more on the app and the service behind it, and sign from your account.

Readmill for Android 21 Syncing Readmill for Android 22 Settings

Readmill is often a very promising app as well as web service and built-in cross-device syncing definitely can make it one of the top dogs inside genre. However, it isn’t without its shortcomings and bugs, many of which we have already discussed above. Another bug that I noticed  was that after importing ebooks locally, the app force-closed following your import process was finished, though the books were all imported successfully. Also, a feature that I accustomed to rely heavily in Aldiko appears to be missing - scrolling through book pages with all the volume up and volume down keys. Still, it’s a fresh app on Android and we’re hoping how the developers will consider addressing these shortcomings in the future updates.

The app creates both smartphones and tablets running any recent versions of Android from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later, and is intended for free at Google Play Store.

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