You’ll hear more about social publishing from me in the future, but this is too fresh to hesitate showing you. Richard Eoin Nash, former publisher of Soft Skull press, has been trying to rally interest for a social publishing start-up called Cursor.
In this interview, he defines “social publishing”:
1) Define â€œsocial publishingâ€ in terms the average book reader would understand; no buzzwords, no â€œorganic gurgle of cultureâ€. What is it, and whatâ€™s in it for the reader?
For the reader-as-reader, what â€œsocialâ€ means is that thereâ€™s going to be more information about books, more scope to interact with the books (your own commenting & annotating and reading othersâ€™), more scope to interact with the author, more scope to interact with one another. (This latter item, to get semi-techy for a sec, is something that the broad horizontal book social networksâ€”Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfariâ€”do well, though, so weâ€™re likely to focus on using their APIs rather than asking people to build their own bookshelves anew.)
â€œSocialâ€ is taking the book and making it much easier to have a conversation with the book and its writer, and have conversations around the book and its writer.
Again, more on this later.