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SURVEY: Are You a Social or Asocial Reader?

By Edward Nawotka

For years, web companies such as GoodReads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing offered a platform for readers to discuss what they were reading. As time progressed, Facebook, Twitter and other social media apps proved just as viable a forum for book chat and conversation. Now, with e-books, the social functionality is integrated right into the e-reading app itself. Numerous start-ups — some private and some back by publishers — are jumping into the scene as well. Collectively, this is known as “social reading.”

But, as pointed out intoday’s feature editorial by Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of social reading platform Anobii, “Reading is one of the most solitary and introspective activities people do and the idea of ‘social reading’ is definitely quite unnatural.”

Yet, he points out, people are in a rush to broadcast almost everything — from where they are eating and drinking to the latest thought that crosses their mind. So why not reading?

So, the question is, how social are you in your reading? Do you log in to GoodReads to list every book you buy? Do you limit your sharing on Copia amongst only your closest friends? Or do you keep mum, either out of deliberate disinterest or a lack of time to spend your days doing such things online. Take our survey and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Are You a Social or Asocial Reader?

  • I do not post to social reading apps out of disinterst (43%, 63 Votes)
  • I post irregularly, when the fancy strikes (28%, 41 Votes)
  • I post regularly to social reading apps, and enjoy it but am not obsessive (18%, 26 Votes)
  • I use social reading apps for 90-100% of my reading (8%, 12 Votes)
  • I am confused by social reading apps, or else I might try them (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 148

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One Comment

  1. Jaime
    Posted September 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I use social reading sites/apps but for mainly personal reasons. I list every book on LibraryThing as a catalog of my large library and to easily categorize my books. I also post a review for every book I read (and have for several years now), but that is mainly to keep track of what I have read so I can recall years later. I do share my reviews on several social media sites to help other readers determine if a book meets their interests. Reviews on Amazon, and the recommended also feature, are two of the most critical impacts on what books I do or do not buy. But, I have never enjoyed being in a book club and most of the time what my friends are reading doesn’t interest me – my “to be read” pile is already too big!

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