Interesting Idea! Anti-URL Shortener Promotes Books Through Web Links
Here’s something new, interesting, and different. Some might even consider it fun.
Respublica [a bookstore in Russia] wanted to show that books and the longform format still have value, so they came up with the web page ‘URLiterature‘. This enables people to paste any URL, choose the book they want to promote, and share it with their friends.
The opposite of a URL shortener service, it lengthens them before they are shared by embedding pages from Respublica’s books in the link, giving others a sneak peek at a range of stories.
You can learn more and use the service at: URLliteratu.re/
Here’s a URL that I created with URLliteratu.re/ that will take the user to the Library of Congress home page. The service works with any browser accessible url.
The book I chose to promote in the text of the url is The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
The PFSK post includes a brief video (in English) demonstrating the URLliteratu.re
It’s easy to imagine how this type of service could be used to help a library and other organizations to promote various services, specific books, events. etc. when they share links with users and/or allowing users (students, friends of the library, and others) to use a service like URLliteratu.re to help promote the library.
It might not be something to use all day, everyday, but from time to time it might help grab people’s attention.
The banner that provides more info about the book that’s visible at the top of the returned page can be easily turned off. Perhaps it’s even possible for it to disappear after x amount of time.
The long url DOES get your attention!
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.