“Think about the value of being able to talk about a book while you are reading. You get to a paragraph and love the way the author has described an event. Or, you are shocked by the actions of a character. Instead of waiting to talk with someone else at work the next day about the reading, you can actually talk about it at the moment you are reading and thinking about it. If a friend happens to be reading the book at the same time, you can even have a real-time conversation as you are reading.”
This is taken from a short blog post regarding the social aspect of reading, an aspect that is not actually new, but has risen in popularity with the advent of “screen-reading”. I think it’s interesting how the online, “social” aspect of reading is being compared to book clubs, library discussions, and other interpersonal discussions about books. Is it really the same? I think that to a great extent the use of digital technology might help evolve concepts and ideas that would have initially been disregarded. This means, of course, MORE INFO. Too much info?