"Startup Subtext Wants to Make e-books More Social"
So, naturally, the biggest thing e-books need right now is something to make them more social. Because despite engaging in a solitary, immersive activity, e-book readers secretly just want to have conversations with everyone about what they’re reading.
At least, that’s what the people behind Subtext seem to think. TechCrunch is reporting that this startup has raised $3 million from a number of venture capital sources including Google Ventures which it plans to use in a bid to bring a more social reading experience to the iPad.
Subtext is working with Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Byliner, Algonquin and other publishers and offering enhanced titles like A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti, and The Magician King by Lev Grossman. The company’s CEO is Andrew Goldman, who sold video game developer Pandemic Studios to EA in 2007.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.