Thomas Ramey Watson

Books as social experiences

Are books better as standalone, pristine works or as social objects to be modified and commented on by those who read them

? We are ab out to find

out. Today, Rethink Books is launching its SocialBooks software which allows publishers to turn their books into iPad apps.

The apps makes it possible for readers to share their highlighted text from a book on Twitter or Facebook, along with their comments, related photos and videos.

Private groups can also be created for more of a book-club feel.

The first book to become socialized in this manner will be the Bible (published by HarperCollins).

An interesting idea.

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