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Gitbook vs ReadMe.io: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gitbook as "Document Everything! For you, your users and your team". It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team. On the other hand, ReadMe.io is detailed as "Beautiful documentation made easy". Collaborative Developer Hubs.

Gitbook and ReadMe.io belong to "Documentation as a Service & Tools" category of the tech stack.

According to the StackShare community, ReadMe.io has a broader approval, being mentioned in 43 company stacks & 17 developers stacks; compared to Gitbook, which is listed in 19 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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What is Gitbook?

It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.

What is ReadMe.io?

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        What are some alternatives to Gitbook and ReadMe.io?
        Sphinx
        It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.
        Confluence
        Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
        Jekyll
        Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories.
        Google Docs
        It is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google. It brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.
        Postman
        It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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        Decisions about Gitbook and ReadMe.io
        Todd Gardner
        Todd Gardner
        President at TrackJS · | 4 upvotes · 96.1K views
        atTrackJSTrackJS
        Jekyll
        Jekyll
        GitHub Pages
        GitHub Pages
        ReadMe.io
        ReadMe.io
        Read the Docs
        Read the Docs
        Gatsby
        Gatsby

        We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

        We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

        I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

        We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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        Noah Zoschke
        Noah Zoschke
        Engineering Manager at Segment · | 28 upvotes · 201K views
        atSegmentSegment
        Postman
        Postman
        Markdown
        Markdown
        ReadMe.io
        ReadMe.io
        Swagger UI
        Swagger UI
        #Documentation
        #Api
        #QA

        We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

        Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

        Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

        This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

        Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

        Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

        Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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        Reviews of Gitbook and ReadMe.io
        Review ofReadMe.ioReadMe.io

        I cannot stress enough how important it is for companies to avoid Readme.io.

        There is no accountability from their team when their service encounters serious errors. For weeks now, the service has been throwing internal server errors which were caught by monitoring tools.

        In reaching out to readme.io support, the only information they ever gave was "Thank you" and a link to their status page. The status page does not reflect the fact the services is severely depredated and any further attempts over the past 14 days to reach support have been met with total silence.

        Then there was an exchange with their CEO on Twitter who seemed like they may try to get us some sort of response or RFO, but that has also been met with silence after submitting exactly what was requested.

        If you value the ability for your customers to reach your API Documents, then do not use readme.io.

        README.IO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU AS A CUSTOMER.

        Review ofReadMe.ioReadMe.io

        A pretty UI and the right combination of tools (tutorial section, API documentation, announcements) does not make up for consistently slow and buggy experience. As the amount of stored documentation grows, the app becomes more and more unreliable about saving changes, and for complex, in-depth documentation, the anchor tagging system is terrible, leading to false redirects. Multiple times, I have lost everything I've worked on, and the support service is terrible, even at the enterprise level. Other times, my changes are being saved, even though the app tells me they are not. I do not recommend this service for any company with lots of documentation.

        How developers use Gitbook and ReadMe.io
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        SHOUTca.st uses ReadMe.ioReadMe.io

        Used for docs.shoutca.st + open source documentation of Cast.

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