5 days left to export your books from Readmill to Fastr Books

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As Readmill informed in their farewell email on June 24: “Readmill closes July 1 at 6pm PDT. At that time, Readmill servers will be closed down, and your data will be deleted. Please take a moment to export your books and data, if you haven’t already.”

A month ago we have set up import process to help you moving your books, highlights and reading history from Readmill to Fastr Books in couple of clicks, that is available here: https://fastrbooks.com/readmill. This week Readmill users have successfully moved more than 10.000 books from Readmill to Fastr Books. There are still 5 days left to migrate.

Fastr Books has many features, that Readmill is famous for, and there is much more, that we are working on now. This week we have submitted Fastr Books iOS app version 1.7.2 to the App Store and it will be available in 5 days. This version has privacy settings, that our users have been asking for. Now you will be able to set privacy before starting reading a book.

In June we have also launched Fastr Books for Android and worked on reading progress sync across the devices. So now you will be able to start reading a book on iPad and continue reading on your Nexus 5 from the same page you left off.

For any questions, suggestions or support please use Twitter @FastrBooks or email us at hello@fastrbooks.com

Book trends volume 2: Books by startup founders, managers and investors

Ben Horowitz Co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz

Ben Horowitz is an American businessman, investor, blogger, and author. He is a high technology entrepreneur and co-founder and general partner along with Marc Andreessen of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He co-founded and served as president and chief executive officer of the enterprise software company Opsware, which Hewlett-Packard acquired for $1.6 billion in cash in July 2007.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.

Jason Fried Co-founder of 37signals

Jason Fried thinks deeply about collaboration, productivity and the nature of work. He’s the co-founder of 37signals, makers of Basecamp and other web-based collaboration tools, and co-author of “Rework.”

 

Remote: Office Not Required. Remote: Office Not Required combines eye-opening ideas with entertaining narrative. It will convince you that working remotely increases productivity and innovation, and it will also teach you how to get it right - whether you are a manager, working solo or one of a team. Chapters include: ‘Talent isn’t bound by the hubs’, ‘It’s the technology, stupid’, ‘When to type, when to talk’, ‘Stop managing the chairs’ and ‘The virtual water cooler’.

Eric Ries Co-founder of IMVU

Eric Ries (born 1979) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author recognized for pioneering the lean startup movement, a new-business strategy which directs startup companies to allocate their resources as efficiently as possible. He is also a well-known blogger within the technology entrepreneur community.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.

Tony Hsieh CEO at Zappos

Tony Hsieh (born December 12, 1973) is an American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com. Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft in 1999 for $265 million.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh - the hip, iconoclastic, and widely-admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer - - explains how he created a corporate culture with a commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

Jessica Livingston Co-founder of Y Combinator

Jessica Livingston is an author and a founding partner of the seed stage venture firm Y Combinator. She also organizes Startup School. Previously, she was the VP of marketing at Adams Harkness Financial Group. She has a B.A. in English from Bucknell University.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail).

Peter Thiel Co-founder of Palantir, CEO at PayPal

Peter Andreas Thiel (born October 11, 1967) is a German-born American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. Thiel cofounded PayPal with Max Levchin and served as its CEO. He also cofounded Palantir, of which he is chairman. He serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with $700 million in assets under management; a managing partner in Founders Fund, a venture capital fund with $2 billion in assets under management; and cofounder and investment committee chair of Mithril Capital Management.

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

William H. Draper General Partner of Draper Richards

With over forty years of experience, William H. Draper III is one of the West Coast’s first venture capitalists. He is General Partner of Draper Richards L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology companies in the U.S., and Draper International, a venture capital fund investing in private companies with operations in the U.S. and India. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a venture philanthropy firm focused on start-up non-profit organizations promoting social change. Recently, he authored the book, The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs. Mr. Draper was founder of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, California. During his twenty years as the senior partner of Sutter Hill, he helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies.

The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs For more than 40 years, venture capitalist Bill Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in fabled Silicon Valley, where today’s vision is made into tomorrow’s reality. From the VC who saw the value in Skype, Zappos, and many other companies, comes firsthand stories of success. In these pages Draper explores: how to evaluate innovative ideas and the entrepreneurs behind those ideas (lessons from Yahoo, Baidu, Tesla Motors, Activision, Measurex, and more); and the value of political leadership in creating opportunity, including on-the-ground accounts of how Deng Xiaoping brought China roaring into the modern world.

Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American businesswoman, activist, and author. As of August 2013, she is the chief operating officer of Facebook. In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors by the existing board members becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Before Facebook, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org. Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Jeffrey Bussgang General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners

Jeff is a entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) who joined FlyBridge in 2002 and focuses on the consumer, marketing services, e-commerce, software and mobile start-up markets. Jeff also currently sits on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting entrepreneurs building companies in the New York area.

Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get From Start-up to IPO on Your Terms Finding the right venture capitalist to back your start-up is a challenge. Even if you manage to get backing, you want your VC to be a partner, not some dictator who will undermine your vision and take control of your life’s work.

Steve Blank Investor in Udacity

Steve Blank (born 1953) is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician who is based in Pescadero, California. Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. Blank is also the co-founder of E.piphany. Blank has spent over thirty years within the high technology industry. He has founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public. Blank’s Google Tech talk, The Secret History of Silicon Valley, offers a widely regarded insider’s perspective on the emerging Silicon Valley’s start-up innovation. Blank has published three books: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost and The Startup Owner’s Manual.

 

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company More than 100,000 entrepreneurs rely on this book for detailed, step-by-step instructions on building successful, scalable, profitable startups. The National Science Foundation pays hundreds of startup teams each year to follow the process outlined in the book, and it’s taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and more than 100 other leading universities worldwide. Why? The Startup Owner’s Manual guides you, step-by-step, as you put the Customer Development process to work. This method was created by renowned Silicon Valley startup expert Steve Blank, acknowledged catalyst of the “Lean Startup” movement, and tested and refined by him for more than a decade.

Richard Branson Founder of Virgin Group

Richard Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

  

"Oh, screw it, let’s do it." That’s the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty-five years, to spawn so many successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none.

Smart categories in Discover tab

As the number of features in Fastr Books continues to grow, we add shortcuts to provide you with an easy access to your books. Recently we have added ebook import from Readmill. Your ebooks imported from Readmill are located in Discover / Categories / My Readmill books.Second smart category that we have also added is called “My purchases”. You will find all the ebooks that you have earlier downloaded (or purchased) from Fastr Books catalog. 

Fastr Books adds import from Readmill

Social reading app Readmill has recently informed that the service would be shut down on the 1st of July 2014. Readmill advises users to export their ebooks, highlights and data. We have prepared a streamlined import for ebooks, user profile and highlights from Readmill to Fastr Books.

We understand the value of the reading experience and reading history, so we want to provide Readmill users with a service, where they can comfortably migrate all their data and be able to access their ebooks and highlights in a way they are used to.

To migrate ebooks from Readmill to Fastr Books you need to visit https://fastrbooks.com/readmill Migration process consists of 5 steps:

1. Click the “Import button” on https://fastrbooks.com/readmill page

2. Login to Readmill with your account

3. Allow Fastr Books to access your data

4. Signup with Fastr Books (if you are not Fastr Books user yet, or sign in if you are already on Fastr Books) to authorise migration of your data.

5. The ebooks prepared for migration from Readmill will be shown, at this step you will need to confirm the migration On the last screen you will receive a message “Well done! Your ePub format ebooks are now added to upload queue.” It can take several minutes, till your ebooks will appear in your Fastr Books account.

You will find your files in Fastr Books app for iPhone and iPad in Discover tab under Categories / My Readmill books Currently Fastr Books supports only DRM-free ePub format files, so your books with Adobe DRM and ebooks in PDF format will not be migrated. Your highlights data will be also imported and saved to Fastr Books, but the display of highlights can take another couple of weeks to be finished.

What’s coming in Fastr Books v1.6?

If you are reading this blog post, you are probably a user of Fastr Books or Fastr Pro apps. Today we have several good news for you! But let’s start with addressing the bugs that you have been reporting us lately.

Last week we have discovered, that there is a bug in RSVP (fast reading) mode caused by iOS v7.1 update just recently released by Apple. Today we have submitted an update for the Fastr Books app - version 1.6 with a fix for this bug. It will be available for download in 5 days.

There is also a major improvement in the version 1.6 - you can now read 10% of every paid book for free. And of course this feature makes sense with premium content only, because you can read public domain books for free already. So it is a hint - premium content in English is coming to Fastr Books very soon.

With the “start reading for free” feature you can really decide, if you like the book or not, before paying for it. It is different from Amazon or iBooks “read a sample” function, because it actually lets you to download, start reading the book, and read a good part of it (that could be even 50 or 100 pages). All your highlights and reading progress will be saved, if you decide to buy the books afterwards and no additional download needed - you can buy the book right from inside of it, when you reach the end of the free part.

As for the other improvements, we have added the night mode in the speed reading, improved app performance in several tabs and fixed the “invite friend” feature. Now a friend, that you invited will receive a promo code, that he/she can redeem and both of you will get 100 points each. All of you, who invited friends when this feature was broken and have not got bonus points so far, you will get them very soon.

We have also added a guide on adding your own ebooks to Fastr Books. It is being displayed when you tap on the “+” (plus) icon in the top right corner of Library tab. You can add your ebooks in DRM-free ePub format from Dropbox, iTunes or open files downloaded in a browser.

Thanks you for all the feedback and advise about the improvements for the RSVP reading mode that you send us. We are working on this, so stay tuned for updates. If you want to help us make Fastr Books even better, please rate the app and/or leave a review in the App Store. Your reviews and ratings are the best motivators for our team.

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