What is the Future of “Social Bookselling”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Do you only buy the books your friends suggest? Perhaps not. By Edward Nawotka It has long been a maxim in book marketing that “word-of-mouth” is the best. The same can be said for “handselling” in bookstores. So what happens when both move online? Book oriented social networking, nee bookselling, sites are proliferating. Copia and Bookish, in the US, and …

Friends Without Benefits: Cell Phone Novel Publisher Figment On Building Social Networks

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Jacob Lewis This is the story of how one Internet startup decided not to be a social network. It begins with the phenomenon of Japanese cell phone novels, where teens, by the millions, are reading, writing, and sharing fiction on their cell phones. Their stories are tangled tales of love triangles — the kids who write these stories often …