Litsy is a e-book-targeted social community that goes past critiques

Litsy is a book-focused social network that goes beyond reviews

Should you’re a e-book lover, Litsy is perhaps the social app for you.

The startup was based by Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who beforehand launched the guide-themed clothes firm Out of Print. Lawton informed me the thought for Litsy got here from connecting with Out of Print followers at occasions like e-book festivals and comedian guide conventions.

“We realized that there’s a very passionate dialog that occurs face-to-face with readers that wasn’t essentially captured digitally,” Lawton stated.

At first, that struck me as a wierd factor say when Goodreads exists, and when there are such a lot of totally different locations the place you possibly can publish your opinion of a ebook. However as Lawton identified, there’s extra to the dialog, and to constructing a group, than posting evaluations: “What we needed to do was take one of the best, probably the most enjoyable features of different social media platforms and again it with a tremendous ebook database.”

So on Litsy, every submit can take quite a few totally different varieties — a blurb (principally any brief remark), a quote or a evaluate. Even when you’re writing a evaluate, you must be concise, since every part’s restricted to 300 characters. You may as well embrace a picture, whether or not it’s a photograph of your copy of the ebook or one thing else that’s associated.

You possibly can browse Litsy content material by following totally different accounts, however all these updates are additionally tied to a selected ebook. So you possibly can convey up a ebook’s profile, learn what everybody has stated about it (Lawton described it as seeing “the world’s collective marginalia”) and if it appears fascinating, add it to your to-learn record.

Litsy is a book-focused social network that goes beyond reviews

Different cool options embrace the power to mark one thing as a spoiler, so it’s hidden from different customers till they choose in to see your remark. You’ve additionally acquired a “Litfluence” rating, which helps you determine probably the most influential individuals on the app and see the way you stack up towards them.

The app (presently iOS-solely) is free, and LeBlanc advised me the staff is extra targeted on constructing a group than earning profits, no less than for now, although he additionally acknowledged, “We do know we ultimately want a enterprise mannequin” — on this case it’ll in all probability contain some type of promoting.

Whereas the Litsy workforce is simply beginning to promote the app publicly, they’ve already introduced on some excessive-profile customers, together with authors like Joe Hill, bookstores like The Strand and publishers like Penguin Random Home and Harper Perennial.

And to be clear, Litsy is a separate firm from Out of Print, though Lawton and LeBlanc are nonetheless operating each, and Lawton acknowledged that in some methods, “They undoubtedly go hand-in-hand.”

“We began out with T-shirts by no means considering that is going to be a T-shirt firm — we needed to make an emotional connection,” he stated. “Now we need to proceed making that connection.”

You possibly can obtain Litsy right here.

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