BookGlutton: The coolest thing to happen to reading.

BookGlutton: The coolest thing to happen to reading.

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I can’t believe that this service took this long to exist, but my goodness is it cool:

BookGlutton is a site that creates on the fly discussion groups around ebooks. It allows you to chat while you are reading with other readers of the same book. And, if that wasn’t enough, it also allows you to embed those books directly into a webpage. This means that you could put it into a school webpage and then have anyone who reads the book become a part of an ad hoc book club.

The kind of function that allows for writing about books without removing it from the text itself, is nothing short of amazing. I want learning to happen in context, and this lets the context of the written word be the place where it occurs.

Anyway, I would love to know how you would use something like this in your classroom. Here are a few books that you might find useful:

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. King Lear
  3. The Scarlet Letter
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  1. Great find! This concept of social learning and reading is something that many of us teachers try to use to engage our learners in authentic discussions with real audiences via wikis, and blogs. I love the social aspect of learning and the students do too. Sharing in the experience with other readers brings an excitement but also a sense of responsibility to other readers and peers I think.

    So much of learning is what we bring into it via our schema or experiences, what a great way to expand our understanding. Listening to those that are different from us, whether it’s geographically, socio-economically, or both.

    Thanks Ben,
    I can’t wait to try this out!

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