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Social Books Hopes to Make E-Reading Communal

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Outside of a book club, reading a book is a pretty solitary affair. Two entrepreneurs, Jason Johnson and Jason Illian, are trying to change that with the new mobile application Social Books.

 

“Short-form content on the Web is very interactive, very dynamic,” Mr. Johnson said. “You can see which of your friends read the same article and what they thought of it. It made us ask, ‘Can this be applied to long-form content? Can we take the advent of social media and apply it to the way we read books on tablets?’”
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#1b1t: Investigating Reading Practices at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century | Érudit | Mémoires du livre v3 n2 2012 |

#1b1t: Investigating Reading Practices at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century | Érudit | Mémoires du livre v3 n2 2012 | | social reading | Scoop.it


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The rise of social networking sites and initiatives such as the One Book, One Twitter book club (#1b1t) make it much easier for readers to share reading experiences on a scale and in a fashion that would not previously have been possible. This paper examines people’s changing reading practices in the age of online social networking. In particular, it aims to describe and explain online conversations around a book called American Gods, the first book of the Twitter book club. Using the automated text analysis and social network discovery software called Netlytic, this study pinpoints a particular time in history that opens new conclusions about the spread of knowledge, education, culture, and ideology. An analysis of the more than 14,000 “tweets” about American Gods provides insight into this world-wide reading group phenomenon, which is now in its second year. 


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This article provides an historical account of the origins of Twitter’s first book club and thus maps a unique reading community. We illustrate through discourse and social network analysis that Twitter allows an author unique opportunities to participate in reading communities. The platform also gives readers the space to interact with the author and with each other in ways not previously possible. While sometimes difficult to observe and analyze, discourse rules and online performance is part of community maintenance. Sampling readers’ conversations and their responses to the book with new observational and evaluative technologies, we begin to see that the asymmetric structure of Twitter and its potential reach to millions of its users offer readers opportunities for engagement that are not available in f2f groups. However, we also see that there are cultural literacies and skills that readers need to participate fully in the reading group on Twitter.


Read More:  http://www.erudit.org/revue/memoires/2012/v3/n2/1009347ar.html?lang=en

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E-Book Is Reading You

E-Book Is Reading You | social reading | Scoop.it
Digital-book publishers and retailers now know more about their readers than ever before. How that's changing the experience of reading.
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Brian Cox iPad book-app sold 20k copies in its first three days

Brian Cox iPad book-app sold 20k copies in its first three days | social reading | Scoop.it
HarperCollins reveals stats and says £4.99 price point paid off for Wonders of the Universe app. By Stuart Dredge.
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The iPad Is Helping Make 'Motion' Comics A Graphic, Gratifying Reality

The iPad Is Helping Make 'Motion' Comics A Graphic, Gratifying Reality | social reading | Scoop.it
Slowly but surely, comic books are evolving. And we owe it all to the iPad.


(excerpt) At first, most comic book apps were simple PDF, CBR, and CBZ readers. Some were free and some were paid, but they all performed more or less identically, allowing users to conveniently organize and peruse their existing digital libraries on the iPad. Only one, though, rose to the top as a bona fide industry middleman, allowing existing titles and new releases from big-time publishers to be purchased via IAP. Developed by comiXology, the app, simply called Comics, pulled in — and continues to attract — tens of millions of users with its fluid storefront and inviting UI.


Already providing the platform for the official DC and Marvel apps, comiXology recently signed a multiyear deal to become the latter’s exclusive electronic distribution partner. Plus, since the company’s already responsible for over 65 million Marvel downloads and counting, it stands to reason that comiXology will also extend its profitable partnership with DC in the near future.


Of course, it isn’t just comiXology’s storefront that’s made the young brand so successful. Sure, it’s nice to be able to download and read your all of your comics in one place, but what really makes Comics stand out is its proprietary Guided View Technology. While most graphic novel enthusiasts are used to reading full pages in single, full-screen views, Guided View lets readers go panel by panel — in perfectly-oriented and clearly-zoomed, easy-to-read fashion — with a simple swipe.


article: http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/06/the-ipad-is-helping-make-motion-comics-a-graphic-gratifying-reality



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The Future of TRULY Interactive Ebooks, by Mary Cummings | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

The Future of TRULY Interactive Ebooks, by Mary Cummings | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics | social reading | Scoop.it
Enhanced e-books aren’t new and neither are interactive e-books. But one thing that you don’t see too much of is interactive e-books that operate as true e-books (no apps required!). These are books that you find in the Kindle store rather than the App store. They work on every device, from black and white Kindles to iPad 3s. But you probably haven’t seen too many of these e-books—neither have I.


But now they are here and I’m very excited. Why? Because of what it means for authors. Consider all those plot turns you scratched. What if you included “alternate endings,” killed off your hero just to see what happened, and then allowed your reader to take a U-turn and continue the story? The material is already there from your editing and development process. Think of it as a “director’s cut”.
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Hundred Zeros -

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US only :-( RT @shanselman: http://t.co/tampiX2m is a collection of best-selling ebooks that are currently free@ Amazon http://t.co/mq98OACq...
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Onseeker® Technologies Debuts New Turn-Key Author Apps for iOS and Android Devices

Onseeker® Technologies Debuts New Turn-Key Author Apps for iOS and Android Devices | social reading | Scoop.it
Authors can now create their own inexpensive, easy-to-update mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.
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Publishing Perspectives : Booktango and the Future of DIY E-book Publishing

Publishing Perspectives : Booktango and the Future of DIY E-book Publishing | social reading | Scoop.it
'[W]hile everyone won’t be successful, everyone will have the opportunity to be successful,' says Author Solutions' Keith Ogorek of emerging self-publishers.
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Digital Publishing Startup Wattpad Raises $17.3M Series B For Social Reading

Digital Publishing Startup Wattpad Raises $17.3M Series B For Social Reading | social reading | Scoop.it

Wattpad is both publishing platform and social network. It’s a kissing cousin to Amazon’s self-publishing platform, but the concept will feel most familiar to anyone who spent time on early platforms like fanfiction.net–complete with concerns about copyright, by the way, though the company has introduced piracy-fighting features. The modern twist: Over 70 percent of the site’s traffic comes from mobile devices.


Founder Allen Lau insisted to Betabeat that Wattpad doesn’t have any real competitors, and contrasted the company’s model with the traditional publishing process and with more accessible paths like Amazon’s self-publishing platform. “On Wattpad, people [publish] chapter-by-chapter, so for example a lot of people will upload chapter one, then instantly he or she will get feedback,” he said. Then they can upload each successive installment as its written. “It’s a very different interaction environment.”


Their numbers aren’t too shabby, either. “In terms of user base, we have 8 million monthly unique visitors, we have over 5 million stories uploaded and each month there’s another half a million stories uploaded,” Mr. Lau said.


(TDS - we currently have ad supported e-readers, just a matter of time till we get ad supported books...)

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Widbook.com: First Social Network of Authors and Books is Launched on the Internet - Sacramento Bee

Widbook.com: First Social Network of Authors and Books is Launched on the Internet - Sacramento Bee | social reading | Scoop.it
Widbook.com: First Social Network of Authors and Books is Launched on the InternetSacramento BeeIt was with this question in mind that a group of young developers created Widbook.com, a social network that enables members to write, read and share...
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Reinventing the reading experience

Reinventing the reading experience | social reading | Scoop.it

Some of the world’s best ideas live in books, but are fighting to be heard in the digital carnival that surrounds us.

 

At Citia, we use professional writers, editors, and designers—in partnership with major book publishers—to reorganize and condense existing works of serious nonfiction

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TechCrunch | New Social eBooks Retailer Zola Books Launches Private Beta, Raises $1M From Prominent Authors

TechCrunch | New Social eBooks Retailer Zola Books Launches Private Beta, Raises $1M From Prominent Authors | social reading | Scoop.it
Zola Books, a new social eBooks site to discover, buy and discuss books, just announced that it is launching its private beta today.
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Widbook - Write, read and share!

The social network to find books, publish your own, create shelves and spread ideas.
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Margaret Atwood: why Wattpad works

Margaret Atwood: why Wattpad works | social reading | Scoop.it

Once again people are giving me strange looks. Why Wattpad? And, indeed, what pad? Wattpad, as in wattage, the kind that makes the lights turn on. "But Margaret," you can hear them whispering. "You're a literary icon at the height of your powers; it says so on your book covers. Why are you sneaking out with an online story-sharing site heavy on romance, vampires and werewolves? You should be endorsing Literature, capital L. Get back up on that pedestal! Strike a serious pose! Turn to stone!"

 

Maybe my dates with Wattpad are a bit undignified. But at my age you can afford to be undignified. You're free to explore, and to guinea-pig yourself, and to stretch the boundaries.

 

On www.wattpad.com – using your computer, tablet or phone – you can post your own writing. No one need know how old you are, what your social background is, or where you live. Your readers can be anywhere. And if you're worried about adverse reactions from your teachers, your grandmother, or others who might not like you writing about slavering zombies or your relatives, you can use a pseudonym. You can be FlamingLeprechaun and represent yourself with a picture of a bat or a spoon: the internet lends itself to surrealism. Then you can post stories about Pod People or affairs with smouldering hunks undead for 2,000 years, which beats "My Summer Holiday" every time. Not only that, you'll have readers who leave encouraging comments on your message board, thus boosting your morale.


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#BookApps: A cloudy debate

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(excerpt) Last night I attended "The Appside: Publishing Apps – what’s the story?" event which brought together leading App developers and key figures within book publishing, to talk case studies, show and tell and give insight into what works in the Book App market. 


It was a fascinating event for those old and new to App publishing. For us, a new publisher, setting out to do fun things in digital publishing, it was a fact finding and networking mission in the most. As Sara O’Connor and I have spent the last 6 months meeting and investigating as many App developers as possible, there were many familiar faces within the room, so it was good to catch up with what new developments and releases there have been.


Some quick stats before I begin:

>The App market simply didn’t exist in 2008
>The average smart phone user downloads around 2.5 Apps a month and spend about £1 a month (50p for Android users)
>Over 80% of Android users have never downloaded an App (showing they are still a long way to denting Apple’s market)
>80% of apps in the Appstore are free
>People now spend more time on smart phone Apps than they do browsing the internet
>At the moment only 5% of App market is book related
>Book category is seeing a huge growth in last 2 years
>Average price of book apps is 98p (ouch!)


read more:  http://hotkeyblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/book-apps-a-cloudy-debate/ 

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Composer | Demibooks Inc.

Composer | Demibooks Inc. | social reading | Scoop.it

The first software platform for creating interactive book apps directly on the iPad. In addition to the free version of Composer, we are releasing Composer Pro soon. Get Composer Pro FREE on the App Store for a limited time!


Composer Pro has a brand new user interface, an improved workflow and many powerful new features such as:

Enhanced behavior system with loops and changeable global gravity
Greater level of control over Animations
A rich content library with thumbnails and alphabetical jump navigation
Improved metadata featuring Storytime

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Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR

Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR | social reading | Scoop.it
An old copy of The War of the Worlds, once belonging to rocket scientist Robert Goddard, prompts essayist Amanda Katz to muse on what we lose when we stop reading — and passing along — physical books.
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Margaret Atwood joins story-sharing website Wattpad

Margaret Atwood joins story-sharing website Wattpad | social reading | Scoop.it
As of today, there's a new member of the social-reading website Wattpad, alongside the likes of misstwinkletoes, bacutie4eva and xoStardust: the Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood.


Atwood has signed up to Wattpad to share her writing with its online community of nine million other users. Describing herself as "a writer since 1956" on her online profile, Atwood has posted two new poems on the website, is planning to share a piece of fiction this autumn and will also be the final judge of a poetry contest to be held in July.
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What is Social Reading? | Business 2 Community

What is Social Reading? | Business 2 Community | social reading | Scoop.it
I have to confess I have fallen in love. She is beautiful, has curves in all the right places and we do almost everything together.
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Ingram presentation shows the impact of eBooks on print book category sales

Ingram presentation shows the impact of eBooks on print book category sales | social reading | Scoop.it

The bubbles below the line are print categories that have decreased as eBook sales have grown; those above the line have grown along with eBooks. The size of the bubbles indicates the magnitude of growth or decline:

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Google reaches deal with French book publishers over out-of-print eBooks

Google reaches deal with French book publishers over out-of-print eBooks | social reading | Scoop.it

lThe ongoing battle between Google and French book publishers came to an end yesterday, when the search engine giant announced an agreement...

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Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: Social Reading is Coming. Deal ...

Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: Social Reading is Coming. Deal ... | social reading | Scoop.it
The skeptics tell me “reading is a solitary activity” and “my reading will never be social.” That's fine. When social features are fully built into our e-reading devices and apps I'm sure they'll include a disable option for unsocial ...
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Kobo Writing Life – Self-publish eBooks with Kobo

Kobo Writing Life – Self-publish eBooks with Kobo | social reading | Scoop.it
Kobo Writing Life lets authors and publishers self-publish digital content in 160+ countries. Use Kobo Writing Life to publish eBooks, track sales, and connect with fans around the world.
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Tapity Releases Interactive Book For iBooks, Future of Publishing Edges Ever Closer

Tapity Releases Interactive Book For iBooks, Future of Publishing Edges Ever Closer | social reading | Scoop.it
Tapity, a three-man family operation in Charlotte, North Carolina, will tomorrow launch one of the first fully interactive books to exist on Apple’s iBooks platform. Called “Cleaning Mona Lisa,...
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