SURVEY: Are You a Social or Asocial Reader?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business exclusively since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.