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An Idea We’d Like to See: Reading Playlists

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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,, 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.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.