Conversations in the Margin of Déjà Vu

So I’m not a director. But, if I were, I’d be first in the chair when they asked me to chatter away about the movie. I’m a writer, and I’m doing the next best thing.

I’m not sure where I first came across ReadMill. Somebody on Twitter mentioned it, I expect. ReadMill is a company that provides reading applications for mobile devices. So far so normal. The Kindle applications do this, too. What sets ReadMill apart is that its applications are well designed–to judge from the iPad one, at least–and allow readers to have conversations in the margins.

I’ve always thought that the highlights feature on the Kindle was a missed opportunity for Amazon because of the relative lack of interactivity. ReadMill addresses that.

So here’s what I did, and what you can do too (with most books).

  1. Sign up with ReadMill.

  2. Buy a book on any one of these services. I downloaded Déjà Vu from the Kobo store, where it is currently free.

  3. Download the ReadMill app for your mobile device.

  4. Sync your library and look for comments by other readers. If you have Déjà Vu, you’ll see my ‘director’s commentary’.

What kinds of things am I including? Well, I’m not sure what people will find interesting, so I’m adding bits of trivia, thoughts on the creative process (naturally), and hints about deleted scenes. You can see some of them on the ReadMill page itself.

At some point in the near future, I’ll be working with ReadMill on a giveaway of Déjà Vu. For the time being, if you want to check out what it’s like to use (remember that the app and my book are free right now), it’s worth a shot.

Published by Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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