How to Write, Read, Share on Widbook, the ‘YouTube of Books’

Write, share and collaborate with authors and book enthusiasts..

Who says people using social media don’t have the patience to read anything too lengthy? A new site called Widbook provides a platform to share books and publish your own.

Book lovers and authors can share stories with others in their social networks, as well as create digital bookshelves to peruse. One of the most interesting features of this site is the ability to collaborate with other authors to create a digital book.

Invite writers to add the next chapter and continue sharing — like a Mad Libs for books. You can publish the chapters as you write on Widbook, even if you’re not finished with the book, and share those chapters with your network on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

To sign-up for the site, which is currently in beta, create a username and password. You’ll then be able to create a profile with photo (optional) and some basic information such as what college you attended and your employer. Find out which Facebook friends are on the site and connect with them. Then the fun part: pick your favorite genres of writing from a number of options, including “technology & the Internet,” “sports” and “children’s books,” to name a few.

Once your profile is updates you can submit a status update to your friends on Widbook. On your profile page, you’ll see recommendations for books from other authors you might enjoy reading. The site also functions as a social network for writers. Send messages to other writers or following them through the site.

Right now, if you write a book you can’t export it from the site, but that’s a function that will eventually be available when the site launches out of beta.

Site :  Widbook

 

 

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3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service

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After several months of beta testing, 3M has launched the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service. It is available to patrons at beta locations across the USA and will be available at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim to share the Cloud Library system with those beyond the beta sites and early adopters. The ebook solution includes a comprehensive subscription for both digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading. Patrons can browse the digital bookshelf and select, check out, and read ebooks via the internet or by using 3M Discovery Terminal download stations in their library. The ebooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, Nooks, Androids, and 3M eReaders. Titles from publishers that include Random House and IPG will be distributed via the 3M Cloud Library.