Glose

A next-generation social reading platform for ebooks

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Nicolas Princen — Founder & CEO, Glose
Thanks for hunting us Erik! Hi everyone, I'm the cofounder and ceo of Glose and we are live as from today on iOS and the web. We put together a great collection of books for start ups and entrepreneurs so check it out!
Please reach out for feedback, questions or ideas to build the best reading platform for books on the web. One that makes reading more efficient, personal, and social at the same time.
Cheers all - I'll meet you in a book

Thoughts we have for updates :
- Free access to a preview of 10% of the books for more browsing
- Integration of Pinterest and Instagram to share quote cards from books
- Gamification of reader annotations
- Reading groups within books
- Ability to upload one's existing ebooks to the platform
- On/Off notifications (better notification control basically)
Marc Köhlbrugge ⚡️🔥⭐️ — Founder of BetaList
@nicoprincen Ability to upload my own books would definitely be nice to have. I personally have a bunch of EPUBs I still want to read. Only problem with that of course is that you'll get different versions of the same book on the platform which makes it hard to match annotations. Any thoughts on that yet?
Jonno Riekwel — Founder of Polyon.co
@nicoprincen Hey, I was wondering why this is US only. And I think that should be mentioned on the site.
Julien Chaumond — Founder and CTO at @Circular
@Jonnotie @nicoprincen The app is definitely not US only. Depending on the rights issued by publishers, we are able to sell books in more than 120 countries. Which country are you in?
Ashwinn — Co-founder, Point
@nicoprincen I'm glad to see a social reading experience come to life again (readmill shutting down was sad). I'm curious about the 'gamification of annotations.' What exactly does that mean? Upvoting/downvoting to filter the best commentary? Something like a rapgenius for books?
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Nicolas Princen — Founder & CEO, Glose
@Shwinnabego Yes it could be something like that. Though we want to encourage conversation rather than competition. We are less in the business of finding the one best annotation ( that's more like Genius) than in the mission to generate conversations, both private and public. Book content can be the starting point to great conversations.
Ashwinn — Co-founder, Point
@nicoprincen definitely feel that. I like the idea of gold on reddit a lot - you don't have to have the most upvoted comment, but if it's a good comment, another member of the community can reward you for it. I could see something like this helping filter the insights among the conversation.
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Nicolas Princen — Founder & CEO, Glose
@Shwinnabego Great idea - and yes Reddit is an inspiration for sure
Josh Lee — designer
@nicoprincen yes, an import book option would be amazing. Or a book match service so the ones I have will just show up in my Glose
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Nicolas Princen — Founder & CEO, Glose
@wtrsld Yes we are looking into this since we get a lot of requests for that. Where do you get your ebooks?
Marc Köhlbrugge ⚡️🔥⭐️ — Founder of BetaList
I'm really intrigued by the concept of sharing notes and highlights with other readers all over the world. Theoretically you can pick any of your favorite books and discover a community of peers in the margin.

We actually tried this same concept 5 years ago (
) , but the market wasn't ready yet. Some other companies like Readmill later tried as well, but still I think the market wasn't ready. At least back then publishers were still weary of online publishing let alone enabling anyone to share snippets of their IP through social media, etc.

I got a chance to talk to the Glose team a few months ago however, and I think they might actually pull it off. They not only have a talented team and product, but also seem to be able to get the right partnerships in place which is key for a product like this. Can't wait to see this platform develop over time!
Julien Chaumond — Founder and CTO at @Circular
@marckohlbrugge Thanks for your comment and support Marc!
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Nicolas Princen — Founder & CEO, Glose
@marckohlbrugge thanks a lot! Your input is always of great value to us - I''ll see you in a book!
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