SOURCE: Glose

Glose

May 29, 2015 11:58 ET

Glose Social Reading App Offers Millions More Free Pages & Releases Much-Anticipated Android App

The Next-Generation e-Reading Platform Creates a Community for Readers and Authors Worldwide

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 29, 2015) - Glose, the next-generation social reading platform that gives readers and authors the ability to engage with one another, today announced it is increasing free samples to readers and expanding to reach millions of new potential readers. People can now begin reading, highlighting and sharing annotations in the margins with other readers and authors with any of the half million ebook titles in the Glose catalog for free. They only pay for books they love from over 600 publishers.

Glose also announced that it is expanding from iOS to Android. The app can be downloaded today from Google Play for all Android-powered devices, including Kindle Fire.

Just like an online book club, Glose creates communities of like-minded readers to share opinions, ideas, knowledge, and stories through the books they read. Books become more engaging, fun and interesting -- TechCrunch has called it, "reading on steroids."

Glose's premium catalog of ebooks range from literary classics and influential nonfiction works to new releases, bestsellers, and books featured on The New York Times and Time Magazine best-books-of-all-time lists. The entire collection features elegant, custom-designed covers with re-formatted text. Many feature beautiful animated covers, which honor these timeless, culturally significant literary masterpieces.

"Our mission is to allow people to discover new books, find the ones they have been wanting to read, and engage in great discussions about these books with other like-minded readers," says Glose CEO Nicolas Princen. "People can now begin reading any book of their choice with no payment upfront -- and that changes the whole user experience."

"We are really excited to build communities of readers and spread the written word on the hundreds of millions of Android smartphones and tablets."

Freemium:
Glose presents the consumer with one file: the actual ebook. People can dive into it for free and start reading, highlighting, annotating, sharing quotes and seeing other people's comments. Other platforms present the reader with a "sample" PDF of the book, accessed as a pop-up that is of lesser quality and not optimized for smartphone or tablet. Glose's "Start Reading for Free" button diminishes the friction of the paywall and readers can now get a more accurate sense of the book before purchase.

  • There are millions of free pages and hundreds of hours of free reading loaded in the Glose platform.
  • Up to 10% of all ebook content -- an average of 20 pages -- can be read on Glose for free
  • Readers have unlimited online access and the ability to read up to 10 ebooks offline

Android App:
The Android app features all the functionalities that make Glose a truly unique reading experience:

  • Easy one-touch highlighting of text
  • Automatic archiving of one's highlighted sentences
  • Easy annotation with text and links
  • One-tap quote sharing to Facebook and Twitter.

Users may also share weblinks, photos, and videos with other readers, building a community where people can engage in interesting conversations around the common books they read.

About Glose:
Glose is the next-generation social reading platform where people can discover, read, highlight thousands of books, and engage with other readers as well as authors through shared annotations. The bookstore offers more than 500,000 titles featuring a diverse range of topics for readers of all tastes -- from literary classics to influential nonfiction works and from new releases to best-sellers from all of the top publishing houses in the world. Glose is available for Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, as well as on the web.

Headquartered in New York, NY, Glose distributes ebooks in more than 120 countries.

The company's goal is to make reading more fun, productive, and social. Your books, progress, and highlights are always synchronized in real-time, so no thoughts or comments are ever lost. Whether you're reading a novel for pleasure, an essay for work, or a textbook to study, books always feed your inspiration. At Glose, we are on a mission to help you keep that inspiration alive by allowing you to keep, share, and discuss those moments. Get started and join the conversation at Glose.com.

Contact Information

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