BookRix, an online community connecting more than 150,000 writers, readers and authors has just launched a new collaborative application, SocialBook. It allows writers anywhere in the world to collaborate in building an online e-book from either their Facebook, Twitter or BookRix profiles, simply with connecting their accounts and including a specified #hashtag. It can be saved, stored, shared and even embedded like a YouTube video, with real-time updates and no limit on the number of co-authors.
The BookRix SocialBook gives Facebook, Twitter and BookRix users an easy way to collect posts, tweets, stories, conversations and ideas that once posted, had often been left untouched and unused.
Users can not only design and create an ebook for content they’d like to organise and archive, but they can invite co-authors from among their Facebook friends and Twitter followers to collaborate.
ViewRix, the proprietary viewing software, allows readers to comfortably read SocialBooks with a built-in sharing and usability tools to comment, forward or rate the title.
SocialBook authors can control who can participate, how their SocialBook is seen, whether it’s only readable online or as an ebook download, and whether it can be embedded or not. There company also provides apps for iPad, smartphone or a similar mobile devices available.
My take? I need to check this out. This could be incredibly cool and useful…or it might just be a bit too narrow to be useful. More later.