If you’re not yet familiar with the term or practice of “social reading,” get ready for a crash course.
With their first iPad app, the German start-up company Frankbooks enables users to communicate with other readers, as well as with the author or a particular character from the novel via an integrated Facebook plugin, the company announced late last week.
Users can take part in the story and in return join a global reader’s circle within the app – which allows them direct access to the novel’s author.
Frankbooks maintains that this “new way of social storytelling” lets authors create advanced narrative structures by combining some of their story’s characters with interactive Facebook accounts.
Supplementing the experience further is the e-book’s enhanced content, including photos, maps, and videos.
“Readers have become used to extra features besides the core text, such as interactivity and social media. Soon they will be a regular part of e-books,” says Frank Habbe, founder of Frankbooks.
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