The Book as Place

The Book as Place: The “Networked Book” Becomes the New “In” Destination
by Paula Berinstein, Consultant, Berinstein Research

Enter the networked book: the new agora/plaza/forum where authors, publishers, and readers congregate to ponder, discuss, joke, enjoy, and refer. With the advent of blogging; the advent of Google, Amazon, and soon Microsoft book searches; and an audience of Web 2.0 collaborators, the book is becoming searchable, linkable, multimedia-able, comment-able, annotate-able, preview-able, aggregate-able, correlate-able, syndicate-able, feed-able, e-mail-able, Flickr-able, deli.cio.us-able, digg-able — in fact, divisible and mutable.