The internet is making us dumb. You may have read Nicholas Carr espousing the idea, and I’m sure you’ve seen the research that shows that concentration and comprehension suffers when reading online, and now we have authors suggesting that books should be written for shorter attention spans. I think that is a terrible idea, but… Read More »
Goodreads may have picked up tricks from their corporate parent since being bought by Amazon in 2012, but beta testing new features was apparently not one of them. The social network added new relationship options on Friday. Ostensibly intended to better define how authors and the hoi polloi interact, the new options are causing more problems than they solved…. Read More »
Writing communities like Wattpad, Write On, and Widbook represent concentrated sources of writing talent, and Kobo is looking to tap in. Earlier this month Widbook and Kobo announced a new partnership which will enable Widbook members to sell ebooks through Kobo. According to Widbook’s blog post, premium members can sell their ebooks through Kobo with only a… Read More »
WriteOn hasn’t had much of an impact in the year since the very first version launched in a quiet beta test, but that doesn’t mean Amazon is giving up on its Wattpad competitor. Amazon sent out an email today with the news that this community will shortly be leaving beta and be open to all comers. New members… Read More »
Part StumbleUpon and part Flipboard, for the past several years Prismatic has been developing a social news reader for iOS, Android, and the web. And now it is said to be in the sights of Microsoft. TechCrunch reports that Prismatic is currently talking to a number of companies, including MS and Apple, about a possible acquisition. No party will… Read More »
Oyster made the next step in book discovery; they’re now letting readers help each other find their next read. On Tuesday this ebook subscription service took a leaf from the product book of Goodreads and launched Book Lists, a new way for readers to assemble and share personalized collections of titles.
The beloved social reading platform Readmill is shutting down next Monday, and a couple days ago they sent out an email to remind users that they need to back up their content and account, and move it to another service. Dear Reader, Readmill closes July 1 at 6pm PDT. At that time, our servers will… Read More »
Goodreads has just announced another reason for Amazon customers to use the site. The online book community, which Amazon acquired last year, is now enabling readers to automatically sync their Amazon book purchases with their Goodreads account. The new feature is being slowly rolled out to Goodreads users and it is currently limited to only… Read More »