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An Idea We’d Like to See: Reading Playlists

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

French language KindleToday’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.

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  1. Posted February 13, 2013 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    You can do something like this already on dotdotdot. Simply create a list of texts in your library via drag and drop, make it public, and dotdotdot creates for you a website to share your collection of texts.
    An example: https://www.dotdotdot.me/pawlow64/All-you-need-to-read-about-webtypography

  2. Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Readlists already does this.

    I don’t care for their formatting. I also don’t care for the concept (it is piracy, frankly).

  3. Kate
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    This is a fine idea, provided that the hardworking individuals who created the prose get appropriate compensation for their efforts. Spotify fails to do this, and it’s making it woefully hard for working musicians and small labels to earn a living. I’d hate to see this same futurism-qua-futurism further pinch the already financially squeezed people in the book business.

    The idea of sharing with other people what you THINK ABOUT what you’re reading, though? Perfectly good.

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