Readmill is a gorgeous ebook reader for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 14, 2013
Updated • Jul 15, 2019
Google Android

I'm usually not someone who likes to read ebooks on mobile devices. While I sometimes have to, I prefer to listen to audiobooks instead as I do not have to glare at the screen all the time.

While that means spending more time on a book, it is something that I find more enjoyable. Plus, I got both hands free for other activities in the meantime.

I have recently discovered the ebook reader Readmill for Android, and have switched to it when rare occasions arise when I do need to read documents or ebooks on the mobile device.

It is necessary to create an account on first run, either by linking a Facebook account or by creating a new account using an email address and password. Those are not verified though and you can start using the application right away regardless of what you enter there.

Update: Readmill is no longer available. We suggest you check out ReadEra instead for Android. It is a free ebook reader without ads or registration, and great support for different ebook formats. End

Readmill ebook reader for Android

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Readmill suggests to import ebooks in the next step. You can have the app import books already on the device, use the upload functionality on the readmill website to upload ebooks from your computer to your account -- which gets synced with your mobile devices -- or use the explore feature to add a couple of public domain books to the reader right from within its interface.

All books are listed on the main page afterwards, separated into "all books", "reading" and "finished" tabs for easier access.

When you select a book to read, it is first displayed alongside the reading interface. These interface elements, a page selector, options to change display settings or the table of contents are hidden after a short period of time so that you are not distracted by them while you are reading.

Readmill packs a punch of great features that really improve its usability for the reader. It is for instance possible to enable a nightmode which displays white font text on a black background for easier reading at night, options to increase or decrease font sizes, the tracking of time spent reading a particular book and an estimation on how much longer it will take to finish it, or the option to jump to specific chapters right away.

You can click on any word or phrase to copy it or look it up on the Internet, and turn pages using the volume buttons of your device (needs to be enabled in the preferences).

readmill android night-mode

As far as supported formats go, it appears to support epub and pdf at the very least. I cannot really say if Readmill supports other ebook formats as well though, as there are no information available in regards to supported file types.

The website of the service adds social features to the mix. You can add friends and follow other users, and share highlights or comments with them easily to start a discussion or simply point them at something that caught your attention.


If you like to read ebooks on Android devices, then you may find Readmill very suitable for that task. The app could use support for additional ebook formats and a better way of handling the browsing of free ebooks that you can add to your collection.

Other than that, there is little to criticize as it does really well what it has been designed for.

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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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