It seems that almost everything is going social these days. Want to watch an online video with friends? You can do it through Facebook or in a Google Hangout. Want to work on a presentation or a document with some colleagues? Check out Google Docs. But what if you want to read a book with someone else? Traditionally to add a social element to the reading experience, we’d loan the book to a friend or join a book club. With the increasing prevalence of connected reading devices like the Kindle, the iPad and the Nook, it was only a matter of time before someone brought a social networking aspect to the books we read. That’s where a free iPad app called Subtext comes in!
Subtext offers all of the functionality of other eReader apps but adds a unique social element that other apps lack. With Subtext, you can download eBooks from the Google eBookstore and engage in conversations with your friends. The app also allows readers to connect directly with authors from around the world and explore links to relevant articles, images and multimedia on the Internet. Subtext creates an online reading community where users can browse and preview books from their friends’ bookshelves. It creates a platform where “social reading” becomes a reality in the eBook world.
Used with students, Subtext can help educators create an online book club for their classroom where students discuss the content they’re reading with one another. This type of online interaction can help students construct meaning with the content they’re reading. Using an app like Subtext can help take the reader out of the book and encourage them to make connections, draw conclusions and summarize their thoughts by engaging in conversations with their peers. The online world has become a social place. With Subtext, reading eBooks has gone social as well.