Reading has always been a solitary pursuit – by definition – in my mind. I never sought membership of any kind of club that met to discuss books. The idea of attending a ‘festival’ to listen to an author, or ask them questions, seemed a little silly. Surely their thoughts and insights, knowledge and work was best approached by sitting, alone, with their prose.
My attitudes are changing…have changed!
Social media allows us to share our reading with ‘followers’ and friends; we can interact with authors (in lieu of attending literary events). Twitter is awash with writers willing to be social (and help students/teachers). One wonders how they get anything written in some cases 😉
The concept of ‘social reading’ was not so clear to me when it was first discussed a few years back. I did understand what Jeremy LeBard (what an excellent surname he has) was getting at with ReadCloud, especially in a school context but wondered if it would catch on or not. Now, that I am reading books almost exclusively via my iPad, social reading is becoming more clearly a concept that will develop as more people start to engage with ebooks.
This is how it works. The iPad Kindle app allows you to highlight and share an interesting quote via Facebook or Twitter. This then becomes a record of highlights from the book. I am finding the process easy and enjoyable. If you are a Twitter enthusiast, it is a very natural thing to do.
I have been using Shelfari to keep a record of my reading via a ‘bookshelf’ on my blog for a while now. I enjoy seeing what other people are reading and often this kind of shelf, at blogs I frequent, provides great book tips.
Has your reading become ‘social’? Are you determined to resist this ‘fad’? Thoughts?