January 9, 2012
Yesterday, Newsday published this piece on social reading. Not being on Facebook or Twitter, I'd never heard of this phenomon, but apparently it's big. Social reading allows book lovers to intereact with each other instantly.
In it's earliest stage of development, social reading consisted of a feature on Amazon's Kindle which allowed the reader to post comments on Facebook or Twitter. Now, many reader's tablets have evolved to the point where a reader can highlight text, email it to a friend and share comments. It is like a book club with instant gratification. I wondered, will social reading take the place of the face to face communication of a traditional book club?
Curious, I set out to research. It seems there are online communities such as shelfari.com and openbook.org dedicated solely to this. Who knew?
From a teacher's perspective however, the best aspect of the new apps available on reader's tablets is that theorectically, a teacher could highlight a certain part of a text, add margin notes or other comments, and email it to all of her students! How is that for text-based learning?
So, reluctantly, this round has to go to the Nook with a haymaker, making the current count: Nook - 2 Book - 3
Happy book reading or e-reading,