Medium Acquires Social Ebook Platform Glose

Medium, an American online publishing platform, announced today, January 15, 2021, the acquisition of Glose based in Paris, France.

More than 1.5 million books available within its vibrant ecosystem will Medium have with the acquisition of Glose.

Glose, an Ebook Platform

Founded in 2014, Glose has been building iOS, Android and web apps that let you buy, download and read books on your devices.

Glose is the next-generation social reading platform where people can discover, read, highlight thousands of books, and engage with other readers through shared annotations. We make reading more fun, productive, and social with easy access on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Your books, progress, and highlights are always synchronized in real-time, so no thoughts or comments are ever lost.


Having a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, Glose carries ebooks and audiobooks from all major publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster.

Also, this social digital book platform reaches more than one million readers in 200 countries.

Medium Acquires Glose

Medium supports a wide range of publishing, from short blog posts to in-depth investigative journalism, and everything in between.


Also, it will be easier for readers to find more of what they are looking for by an author or on a subject. While writers can have their different content forms all in one place, elevating their voice and perspective.

Ev Williams, Medium CEO said, “We’re impressed not only by Glose’s reading products and technology, but also by their experience in partnering with book authors and publishers.”

“Books are a means of exploring an idea, a way to go deeper. The vast majority of the world’s ideas are stored in books and journals, yet are hardly searchable nor shareable. With Glose, we want to improve that experience within Medium’s large network of engaged readers and writers. We look forward to working with the Glose team on partnering with publishers to help authors reach more readers.”

– Ev Williams, Medium CEO added

Meanwhile, Founder and CEO of Glose, Nicolas Princen said, “Glose’s mission has always been to help people read more, and help them get more out of what they read.”

“Joining Medium is a great opportunity to bring our technology to a wider number of readers around the world. We’ve always been fans of Ev’s work and his vision for Medium, and felt close to Medium’s mission to help people share ideas that matter. We are proud to be joining such a world-changing company and working hand in hand with book publishers to make this vision happen.”

– Nicolas Princen, Founder and CEO of Glose

Source: Medium

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