Social Reading

1st Edition

Platforms, Applications, Clouds and Tags

Print ISBN: 9781843347262
eBook ISBN: 9781780633923
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 200
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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

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


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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