Thursday, April 21, 2011
R is for reading 2.0: the social side of reading
So how will I record all my reads? Looking on the web I've got plenty of choices. It seems reading has now become a social activity, through popular sites like librarything, good reads and shelfari, members can record their reads; share their reviews with others; connect with authors and build communities based around their favourite books. This type of community can turn into a powerful tool for libraries, through things such as librarything for libraries, which integrates the library thing database into library catalogues, adding rich metadata, like related books, cover images and book reviews.
Some other sites include: Amigo reader Goodreads Kobo's my reading life and Amazon Kindle's Read.Review.Remember
So what are all these sites exactly for?
You've heard of Web 2.0. Be prepared to enter the world of Reading 2.0. This is reading with a social spin. Using the internet we can now easily share what, when and who we are reading. We can find people who share opinions and find groups with similar tastes. For me, this social reading revolution is coming into its own on the iPad version of Kobo ereading software. This app tracks the ebooks you read and you can choose to share information about your reads by linking the app with Facebook.The great thing about it is it's seamless - no need to add books to your reading history, it automatically tracks everything you do in a section of the reading app called "My reading life".
The problem with this is it only works with Kobo bought ebooks, not print books, which is shame as I am still borrowing and reading these from the library. But I have bought several Kobo books, and I'm sure I will buy more.
Do you share your reads? How do you find time to read and review them?