Readum: Combining Google Books and Facebook Groups
Readum is a Firefox/Chrome extension that adds a social layer to books in the Google eBookstore. When it launched it was the only way to select text in a Google ebook. Readum lets users click on any paragraph in a Google Book and attach a note. The note is then posted to Facebook – connecting the experience across the two networks. The note can be pushed to a Facebook Group page or an Individual’s page. Beyond posting to a group or user page, Readum generates a unique page for each comment/paragraph posted to Facebook (you get there by clicking on the wall posting). That means there are many places the conversation can take place: on Facebook Group pages, Individual walls, or on the page Readum creates to house the full discussion (with a unique URL).
This unique comment detail page has a number of features. Not only does it bring in the paragraph from the Google ebook and attach the comment and friend responses, it also offers affiliate links to purchase a paper copy, cover images and links to other Google ebooks (based on the user’s profile preferences), and, most interestingly, offers the ability to read the Google ebook inside Facebook itself (by bringing the Google Reading System into Facebook). Adding comments to Google ebooks works on both free and paid items, although formatting is more consistent on for-sale books, so we recommend those (you can try it on the free sample).
Using Readum is easy: install the extension at Readum.com, go to the Google ebook store, select a free sample, make a comment, and share it with one of your Facebook Groups.
Watch the short Readum Video
Check out the website for Readum.com (extension is no longer being updated after January 2012).