Social media for books—and the people who read them

Ian Greenleigh, blogging at dare2comment put up a post titled: “Breathing new life into books with official hashtags.” Here’s his first paragraph:

The other day I tweeted out an idea, and quickly received a burst of encouraging responses. I was on to something. The idea I shared was that all books should have official hashtags so that people can discuss what they’re reading as they’re doing so. This would serve both authors and readers remarkably well.

I was pointed to Ian’s site from Domino Project, where they picked up the idea in this “Hashtags for books” blogpost and wherein they claim that in the future all their books will be published with an official hashtag. For instance, Poke the Box would have a hashtag of #ptbDomino and Do the Work would have #dtwDomino. (Looking at those names, though, I wonder if Domino Project is going to publish only three-word-titled books? Okay, it’s early in the game and they’ve only put out two books so far, and of course that is a ridiculously small sample from which to extrapolate, but…)

It seems that some authors have already been toying with the idea, to mixed results. But they haven’t been working with an “official” hashtag and perhaps that can make a difference. I’m looking forward to the day when books have a big hashtag and three-letter (or however many) abbreviation emblazoned on the cover. One new element for book cover designers to deal with.

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(This image, taken from musformation.com, could be the official hashtag for a book called Working the Frontlines. That’s a joke, of course.)

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