Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

The social reading experience: Part three


In addition to the most recent attempts by ereader leaders Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there are also other initiatives by online social reading sites and open platforms to be used on any reading device. Here are just a few:

ReadMill is currently creating apps for both the Android market and the iPad.  Launched September 13, 2011, ReadTracker allows you to interact with readers by tracking your reading and sharing what you’re reading. The app can track interesting data including how long it takes you to read a book. Although Readmill is currently in closed beta, you can receive an invite by entering your email on ReadMill’s website. 

Copia allows social networking, purchasing of books, book groups, and reading on its platform. Copia users can share notes, annotations, and book selections. Like Amazon, Copia allows users to import existing friends and contacts through Facebook and Twitter, in addition to LinkedIn. Copia syncs the reading experience across any devices that you want. In order to learn more about Copia, get a tour here.

Goodreads, launched in 2006, help you to decide what books to read next. Goodreads uses titles that you have selected before and gives you recommendations based on that. Goodreads already has 6,400,000 members who have added about 220,000,000 books to their virtual “shelves.” They use an algorithm that analyzes book selection and ratings that help you discover books from other Goodreads users who have similar tastes. Users can create book trivia, make lists of their favorite books, and post opinions.  You can set up a free profile at

Book Glutton “connects people inside digital books” where you can create virtual reading groups, chat inside any chapter, attach comments to paragraphs, and upload books.

Subtext “the first reading community in the pages of your book” and engage in conversations with friends, authors, and experts as you read, “get the story behind the story from your favorite authors,” explore articles, videos, and photos linked the books you are reading.

Have you used any of these platforms? Did it enhance your reading experience?

Next week: How the networked book will affect the reading experience.


This entry was posted on December 1, 2011 by in Industry Research, Technology and tagged , , .

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