I recently read an article summarizing the ins and outs of the Tools of Change Conference. One of the outs was social reading. The article said that “this time last year ‘social reading’ was on everyone’s lips” but that “social reading already seems to be a thing of the past.”
Though I am willing to believe that social reading was on everyone’s lips, I don’t think it was everyone’s practice. I’m not sure how social reading can be a thing of the past when it was never really a thing of the present.
Social reading would be a great thing for marketing if it actually worked out. What a great way to virally spread interest in your book. But I imagine most readers are like me:
1. They probably have a huge TBR (to be read) pile, either literally or at least in their minds
2. When they finish one book, they are moving right on to the next
3. They read with the intent of getting away from interacting with everyone
I do have a few exceptions. At the end of the year I like to do my own version of the top 10 books of the year on my personal Facebook page. The other major exception is that I am a huge fan of GoodReads. My friend list isn’t huge on there, but I love the visual bookshelf and being able to keep track of what I read and a quick note of what I thought of each book.
So what about you? Do you use GoodReads or other social reading networks such as Copia or Kobo? There has also been a lot of hype about Small Demons. Have you checked it out? What do you think is the future of social reading?