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July 22, 2008

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Travis Alber

Great point - it's natural that digital books will evolve to reflect the way people communicate digitally. It's too bad the Kindle didn't opt for a more browser-centric reading experience. Most social networks exist on the web, and you need browser technology to tie into them.

The integration of social networking and reading has been a major goal of BookGlutton.com since the beginning. Although some users may want to turn the social networking features off, BookGlutton's ability to chat inside the chapter seems like a logical development in on-line reading. Moreover, shared annotations, where people can leave comments on a paragraph for other readers to find and respond to, is a core component in BG's Unbound Reader.

Travis Alber
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Jeremy Whale

Your comments about myebook are pretty accurate. I agree it may be fancy to flip a page on screen, but that free piece of code to make that has been around for over 5 years now (that a bedroom programmer posted on flashkit.com) and there's no wonder why it's never caught on as a serious product. This copycat of so many other small scale sites is was already a dead duck before it was launched.

Notably, shortly after its Beta launch it was mentioned by noobs users of several newsgroups, only for the owner of myebook to pop up a day later to mention how good it is and thank them for talking about it.

Cynicism aside, the words used to promote myebook were along the lines of "Forget Web2.0, this is Web3.0" which sums it up completely for me-

The owner of the site knows nothing about the direction in which the web is going. To use Web2.0 as merely a buzz word, and even go so far as to call myebook Web3.0 when it is nothing but retrograde is beyond naiivity.

Mebook may have put a comments section on their books, but hold on - guestbooks have been around since nearly the beginning of the internet, allowing people to comment but on actual readable, clickable, searchable and useful content.

Ooh look it flips. That's fun for two minutes. Mebook takes away the entire functionality of having content on a website.

Serious web developers know better than this and look to the future. Myebook is backwards, and the person/people trying to achieve a groundswell by posting ridiculously promotional and innacurate responses about it on forums have shown they have absolute ignorance to the web of today and tomorrow.

Apart from that, its well coded and attractive.

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