Showing posts with label Social reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Social reading. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Subtext iPad App Makes Readers' Thoughts an Open Book - Katherine Boehret - The Digital Solution - AllThingsD

See the full review for more details about a social reading app for Google Books on the iPad

Like Amazon’s Kindle already does, Subtext gives anyone who reads an e-book the ability to make notes, highlight passages and to keep private or share those notes or highlights with other users. But this app goes much further: It also lets readers post questions, polls, quizzes or even Web links that are noted in the margins of the book. Other users respond to these posts and start mini book discussions that can continue indefinitely. Subtext content can be kept private, made visible to all users or made visible only to a user’s friends. Along with comments from fellow readers, Subtext users can see comments marked in blue that are made by a book’s author or other experts.

Subtext iPad App Makes Readers' Thoughts an Open Book - Katherine Boehret - The Digital Solution - AllThingsD

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

findings: find, organize, and share your highlights

Findings is a useful service for sharing information items, e.g., highlights from Kindle books, and for following others who are sharing clips from Kindle books and other information items.  You can find my library of highlighted Kindle books here, and some of my highlights here (I haven’t made all of my highlights public because I currently have ~2,800 highlights from 50+ Kindle books; I’ll review them and make more public over time)

Findings lets you capture, find, organize and share your clips directly from the web or your Amazon Kindle. All you need to do is sign up and start using the Findings bookmarklet from your browser’s bookmark bar.

findings: find, organize, and share your highlights

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Subtext Launches Social Reading App for iPad - Liz Gannes - Social - AllThingsD

Another take on social reading

A new social reading app called Subtext today launches on the iPad with a selection of books laden with annotations from authors and researchers.

What you’ll find on Subtext is a lot like the special features you’d find on a DVD, but for ebooks. And, you can create your own annotations.

Subtext Launches Social Reading App for iPad - Liz Gannes - Social - AllThingsD

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inside Google Books: Share Your Favorite Books with Literary Circles on Google+

The Amazon Kindle has supported this type of sharing via Facebook and Twitter for a while (but only from Kindle devices, i.e., not from the iOS, Android, HTML5, and other Kindle clients).  The Kindle approach also supports sharing of highlighted/annotated excerpts, which does not appear to be the case with Google Books.  (Click here for a Kindle => Facebook example, if you’re one of my Facebook friends.)

The Google+ “Share box” is clearly going to have multifaceted synergy with other Google services.

Let’s say you are reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and you’d like your friends to read it with you (or you have a witty comment to let loose). Simply click on the Google+ Share box on the About the Book page or in a Google Books preview, enter your message, then select which circles you’d like to share details about the book with, and click “share”.

The book cover, description and title linking back to the Google Books About the Book page will appear in your Google+ stream with your message.

Inside Google Books: Share Your Favorite Books with Literary Circles on Google+

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Amazon Brings Social Reading to Kindle - But Will You Use It? [ReadWriteWeb]

Check the link below for an overview of Kindle Profiles (via Guy Creese)

Kindle Profiles is a social service that was quietly launched by Amazon in March of this year. Its existence was little known, probably because it wasn't very useful as a social tool until Amazon recently added connections to Twitter and Facebook. I myself only discovered the service after VC Fred Wilson blogged about it the over the weekend. Kindle Profiles appears to be gaining some early traction now, thanks largely to Kindle Profile users auto-following people in their Twitter and Facebook networks. As Wired pointed out, this is a somewhat dodgy tactic - because the user cannot turn off this auto-follow behavior.

Amazon Brings Social Reading to Kindle - But Will You Use It?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text’ - NYTimes.com

Excerpt from a compelling e-marginalia/social reading vision and market snapshot

Last month, Amazon announced what could be a landmark in electronic marginalia: public note sharing for the Kindle — Coleridgean fantasy software that will make your friends’ notes appear (if you want them to) directly on your own books. This is exciting but still a few leaps away from my ultimate fantasy of e-marginalia: the ability to import not just your friends’ notes but notes from all of history’s most interesting book markers. Imagine reading, say, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and touching a virtual button so that — ping! — Ernest Hemingway’s marginalia instantly appears, or Ralph Ellison’s, or Mary McCarthy’s. Or imagine you’re reading a particularly thorny passage of “Paradise Lost” and suddenly — zwang! — up pops marginalia from a few centuries of poets (Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Emerson, Eliot, Pound), with their actual handwriting superimposed on the text in front of you. (If someone’s handwriting gave you trouble, you’d be able to toggle between script and print.) You could even “subscribe” to your favorite critic’s marginalia — get, say, one thoroughly marked-up digital book every month. Or, if you preferred to keep it contemporary, you could just read along with your friends in an endless virtual book club — their notes and your notes would show up on one another’s e-readers the moment they were made.

‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text’ - NYTimes.com

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Site for Books & Readers - Shelfari

Amazon is exploring social reading scenarios; found via a post in an Amazon blog.  I couldn’t resist – my public profile (currently “30% complete” according to Shelfari)…

Based in Seattle, Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Shelfari is a gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers, and has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way. Our mission is to enhance the experience of reading by connecting readers in meaningful conversations about the published word.

Shelfari’s members:

  • Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and to the world
  • Discover books that are popular in their trusted circles of friends
  • Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
  • Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
  • Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
  • Interact with and learn from authors

Shelfari was officially launched in October 2006 and was acquired by Amazon.com in August 2008.

The Site for Books & Readers - Shelfari