By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief
Today’s feature story, “Big in Berlin: Social Reading Startups Readmill and dotdotdot,” looks at two companies working on helping to bring readers together through social reading experiences and platforms. Social reading is available on a variety of platforms and formats, including many of the major ebooks platforms.
One of the killer usability features of iTunes, Spotify and other music services is the ability to create playlists and share them. Even better are playlists that allow you to download a collection of songs directly into your music player and app.
Why not do the same for articles, book excerpts and the like? This would go beyond a curated list of articles on services like Longreads.com, Longform.com, Byliner and simliar sites. This service, as I envision it, would allow you do download a selection of full text articles with a single click — perhaps a list shared by your friend — to an ereading program. In this way, you could create a personal anthology around a particular topic an share it. A platform like Pocket would be perfect for this.
What do you think? Does such a service already exist? Something similar? Share your thoughts in the comments below.