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Social Reading - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843347262, 9781780633923

Social Reading

1st Edition

Platforms, Applications, Clouds and Tags

Authors: José-Antonio Cordón-García Julio Alonso-Arévalo Raquel Gómez-Díaz Daniel Linder
Paperback ISBN: 9781843347262
eBook ISBN: 9781780633923
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 200
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Table of Contents

  • Figures and tables
  • Introduction
    • Abstract:
  • Chapter 1: Towards a new conception of books and reading
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • From books as objects to books as systems: towards a new understanding of books
    • From the text on the web to the web book
    • What makes a book an eBook
    • The Gutenberg parenthesis
    • New scenarios, new cultural territories
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Reading applications: an analysis
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Reading devices and applications: main features
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: New business models for reading in the cloud
    • Abstract:
    • What are ‘cloud computing’ and cloud hosting?
    • Books and cloud services for the eBook
    • Cloud business models
    • Cloud user rights
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Open access eBooks
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • What is open access?
    • The objectives of open access
    • Open access electronic books
    • Licences
    • Books in the public domain on the platforms of major publishers
    • Self-publishing and streaming reading
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: Social reading platforms: diagnosis and evaluation
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Social reading: a network phenomenon
    • Social reading platforms: diagnosis and evaluation
    • Off-line reading platforms
    • On-line reading platforms
    • Social reading platforms and applications
    • New systems of recommendation
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6: System contents personalisation
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Ways in which contents can be personalised
    • Results
    • The phenomenon
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: Social tagging and its applications for academic and leisure reading
    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Social indexing from an agent perspective
    • The social indexing triangle
    • Social tagging criteria
    • Characteristics of social tagging
    • Social tagging: types and uses
    • Strengths and weaknesses of social tagging
    • Social indexing applications
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8: By way of an epilogue
    • Abstract:
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Contemporary developments in the book publishing industry are changing the system as we know it. Changes in established understandings of authorship and readership are leading to new business models in line with the postulates of Web 2.0. Socially networked authorship, book production and reading are among the social and discursive practices starting to define this emerging system. Websites offering socially networked, collaborative and shared reading are increasingly important. Social Reading maps socially networked reading within the larger framework of a changing conception of books and reading. This book is structured into chapters covering topics in: social reading and a new conception of the book; an evaluation of social reading platforms; an analysis of social reading applications; the personalization of system contents; reading in the Cloud and the development of new business models; and Open Access e-books.

Key Features

  • Discusses social reading as an emerging tendency involving authors, readers, librarians, publishers, and other industry professionals
  • Describes how the way we read is changing
  • Presents ways in which the major players in the digital content industry are developing specific applications to foster socially networked reading


Librarians, education professionals, and students of Information Sciences, communication, publishing, and education


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"...concludes by offering a reflection on what this all means for publishing, literature, authors and readers – and where the whole process is likely to go...highly recommended for anyone interesting in the future of the communication of ideas."--Online Information Review,Vol 38, No. 6, 2014

"... this book is an excellent text to use regarding the influence on social media on the world of reading. It is a sufficient starting point to begin the analysis of what a book is and will be in the future."--Information & Culture, September 1 2014

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About the Authors

José-Antonio Cordón-García

José-Antonio Cordón-García is Professor at the University of Salamanca and Executive Board Member of the Institute of History of Books and Reading. José-Antonio has published numerous articles and monographs on the publishing industry. He leads the E-LECTRA research group, focused on the analysis of electronic publishing and new forms of creation and written communication.

Julio Alonso-Arévalo

Julio Alonso-Arévalo is the head librarian in the Translation and Documentation library at the University of Salamanca. He is the editor of the E-LIS Open Access Repository, coordinator of the LIS and InfoDoc mailing lists and author of a number of articles in specialized journals on the topic of e-books, open access and reference managers.

Raquel Gómez-Díaz

Raquel Gómez-Díaz is Professor at the University of Salamanca and member of the E-LECTRA research group. Raquel is an active researcher and teacher with a long list of publications. Prof Gómez-Diaz has also published widely and taught specialized courses on the topic of e-books.

Daniel Linder

Daniel Linder is Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Salamanca, Daniel teaches, among other genres, specialized translation for the humanities and business from Spanish into English. He has published a number of articles in international translation studies journals, including TTR, Babel, Perspectives: Studies in Translatology and the ATA Chronicle.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Salamanca, Spain