READING BOOKS: is it a solitary reading experience versus a social networking book club… or both?

#SCRIBALVERVE How Social Networks Might Change Way We Read Books @PBSmediashift {thus creating a Virtual Book Club?~sb}

… there’s a lot of potential once and if students do share hardware, particularly when it comes to e-readers and e-books. As we noted in our recent coverage of Highlighter, we’re seeing lots of ways to mark up content, make notes in the margins, and share or save these electronically. But there’s also the potential for real-time interaction, within the e-book itself, where readers can hold discussions within the text and within the app itself.

Google Summit - Audrey Watters - ReadWriteWeb

Audrey Watters ~ ReadWriteWeb (Image by rwentechaney via Flickr)

That may seem like anathema to the idea of the solitary reading experience. And critics will point out that the social aspect creates distractions from reading. But we can also argue that the social element can add depth to the understanding of what’s being read, just as book clubs do. Peers can help define words and concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp when reading alone. ~ Audrey Watters (is an education technology writer, rabble-rouser, and folklorist. She writes for MindShift, O’Reilly Radar, Hack Education, and ReadWriteWeb)

one of my reading piles ~ reminding me to READ! {iPhonePhoto by sarah nean bruce}

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