Tuesday, April 6, 2010

iPads? Eh! Social Reading from Your Phone? Now That's Innovation!

IPAD FEVER? For some iPads are all the rage. For me, I'm not impressed or inspired. If I want to read I do so just fine on my iTouch, Tablet, or Blackberry. I don't need another gadget to lug around...or possibly lose (The Innovative Educator's Amazing Race to Find Her Lost Pocket Book). However, regardless of the device on which you are reading I find the real innovation is social reading. Social books are powerful because they unlock reader’s voice and provide opportunity for conversation.

If this is appealing to you, you'll be excited to know and check out BookGlutton which works great on the iPad right out of the box - and it's the only community reading experience on a tablet. And, you don't needs an app. Just open your browser and type in bookglutton.com, open a book and read. See this shaky mobile video for a demo of how it works on an iPad.

If you don't have an iPad, you can also log in and pick up where you left off on an Android, iTouch or iPhone device for a seamless and interactive reading experience across all your devices by visiting http://www.bookglutton.com/mobile. You can also just read from her laptop by visiting http://www.bookglutton.com.

Related reading:
See the conclusion this innovative educator came to when he pondered the question, "Is iPad just another iFad?" Read: Is the iPad Coming to Your Classroom?


  1. As teachers, what values are we modeling for children right now in this present economy?

    I find it obscene that people are lining up to buy a $500 toy when so many others are struggling to keep their jobs, their homes, their businesses, etc. The world economy is floundering under mountains of debt. People are refusing to internalize these harsh realities. They should be saving more and spending less. But that's difficult if you're imbued with poor behavioral choices like instant gratification and not knowing the difference between needs and wants.

    That's the most valuable lesson we could be teaching our children right now-- learn to make do with less. It worked before and there's no reason why it can't again.

  2. Eh, yeah. Okay. So, anyway, social reading is a really powerful way to consume, discuss, and make meaning when reading books.