“Glose”, the creation of founders – Nicolas Princen & Julien Chaumond is formally a reading platform for all the enthused readers who apart from reading also want to share their thoughts through the medium of ebooks! It is an ebook reader which has been made available through dual mediums of web and mobile, keeping you glued to the ebook with its features.
Using this medium not only can you read books but you can also follow & connect to other readers, view their thoughts, see what they are reading, start conversations, etc.!
Although, some books are charged and some are free to read but either ways it comes with multiple features which add to the addictive experience of reading. They offer 300,000 books to buy from traditional book publishers which include some of the major publishers like Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan. These books are available at equally cutthroat prices like that offered by Kindle Store or iBooks Store. Once a book is bought it can be read through any or all mediums offered by them.
When you open the app, the first thing you will see is your profile and along with that any latest highlights such as any likes or comments or annotations shall be displayed. With the help of other tabs, you can keep an eye on your friend’s highlights or surf the store, etc.! The site or app regularly keeps providing recommendations of books which may be of interest to you or which are popularly being read.
In the end, reading an ebook is still equal to reading a physical book with a digital touch to it! So keeping the reality in mind; here at Glose, while reading you can discuss quotes with friends or other users, highlight quotes, read and share annotations, make notes, etc.
Also, you can read all the annotations before you open the book and getting a clear idea, if it’s “your thing” or not! Logically speaking, Glose can be a great platform for the ones who love reading non-fiction because one gets the leverage of reading comments from the “experts” before going for it.
Apart from that, with the help of just one tap you can highlight the sentence/s that inspires you the most & the same is shared with other users helping you connect with other like-minded readers and learn their explanations, creativity, or opinions.
To top that, while you are annotating something, apart from the usual text you can also add pictures or even videos for that matter.
But what really makes them different from all the others is their USP of one-tap highlighting feature, making the users wanting to try it.
Thus, altogether making it a collective and memorable reading time! In other words, it is like an online book club but only to be far more social.
Goodreads another popular ebook reading site also offers similar contents just like Glose. But on a broader scale, Goodreads is nothing but a monotonous ebook site whereas Glose is far more personalized, handy & interactive.
In the race of offering ebooks, the new entrants such as Oyster and Scribd also stand in a different zone when compared with Glose for one primary reason being that they do not offer unlimited subscription, apart from the many others. What Glose offers to its users is similar to what honchos like Amazon are still trying to gauge and thus are directly competing with them.
All-in-All, Glose is one platform which is made keeping the reading factor, changing times and mind-set of the users in mind. To simplify it even more, it is an application made combining Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter!
With such unique features, Glose is definitely in for the long run.