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November 22, 2010


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There are a number of social networks built sepcifically around publishing and bookselling. Librarything, Redroom, Shelfari, Book Blogs on Ning, and others. There is even The Copia which is a social network built around buying ebooks. They plan on having revenue sharing with independent bookstores

Most of them are pure recommendation engines for books. I think there may be other options like collaborative spaces for writing and editing which also have book recommendations and ebookstores built into them. I don't think anybody has really built a collaborate space that is public for writing. Someone might be able to do this with Sharepoint. Maybe Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) is heavily featured on blogs and other places. Maybe I am giving too much away. It is a thought. Maybe someone could do a write your book collaboratively type thing. I have a seen a few minor attempts, but nothing full fledged yet.

There are other things than recommendations which have not been explored as well. There is all the cover art and design around books as well.

I can also see On Demand Books eventually having a social aspect to it.

I can see some opportunities here, I just haven't quite figured them out. I think that there are some very interesting opportunities though.

It is easy enough to get an off the shelf social network these days and plug in a white label ebook or econtent provider if you have a good idea.

Joe Wikert

You're right to point out the various social network tools that exist today but I don't believe any of these implement what I'm describing. For example, I'm looking for an in-reader sharing option so that I can quickly push out a link to a specific page in a book without ever leaving my reader app. In order to do that today I believe you must close the app, open your browser and go to the separate service. And even at that point, with the exception of the Google Books feature noted in the post, I don't know of a way to share the entire page with my friends.

You're also right to point out the interesting opportunities that exist in this space. It will be fun to watch the developments and see which publishers opt in and which ones opt out!

Sol Rosenberg

Hi Joe,

I invite you to try the Copia reader on either the iPad, PC, Mac or soon Android, Win 7 and smartphones.

It lets you do what you described - highlight, annotate, share with others, see other's annotations.

See this short screencast :



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