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