Have You Heard? New Social Network for READERS


If you’re a new author trying to publicize your book, a gold mine just landed before your eyes.

All you have to do, is reach out and grab the riches.

I’m talking about the new “inReads” social network, which celebrated its full launch about a week ago, reported GalleyCat. According to the article, inReads is a social network just for readers. They discuss books, they review books, and they recommend books.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

“After four weeks in beta mode, inReads counted 10,000 page views and 1,000 Twitter followers,” GalleyCat said.

Authors, right here is your target audience! You want to create buzz around your book? You want people to buy your book? Get to know inReads.

Here’s what I thought

I spent some time poking around the site to get a feel for this new social network. It reminds me of a blogosphere, with initial posts written by staff reporters (interview sessions and such). Here are the highlights of my findings:

  • inReads is a production of WETA, the Washington D.C. public television, media and radio entity.
  • The staff’s job (including contributors and advisory board) is to help the conversation along, but the community members are really responsible for driving it.
  • The platform actually has professional editors and writers (I kid you not, people with 25+ years experience in the journalism, publishing and corporate worlds).
  • It reminds me of an online magazine format, with more social and engaging aspects.

Bottom Line

inReads has the ability to be a trendsetter. And because it’s published by such a notable entity, that gives it credibility.ย It’s still new, and therefore, has the ability to evolve. Will I sign up for an account right now?

No–not yet.

I don’t have a book. But once I do, you bet your behind I’ll be diving–head first–into inReads and mastering it the way I learned Twitter, Facebook and WordPress.

SO TELL ME: Have you seen inReads? What did YOU think of it? Is it too traditional for you, or do you think the future of success lies in an evenย more social platform?

10 thoughts on “Have You Heard? New Social Network for READERS

  1. How is it different than Goodreads? Also, congrats on the 20,000 mark! I’m on WP.com too. Don’t you wish they let us know unique users?? I have a lot of view too, but I feel like not knowing UNIQUE users makes it a little misleading. Sigh. I guess you get what you pay for, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. That’s a good question, Nina. I’m not as familiar with Goodreads, so I can’t answer that. But it’s something I’d like to compare. My first guess would be the hosting party. inReads is hosted by WETA, the Washington D.C. public television, radio and media entity. I’ll check out Goodreads, and perhaps it’d make a great follow-up blog post comparison!

      Also, thanks for the nice words on my milestone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, though. It WOULD be nice if WordPress allowed us to view unique visitors. I think that may be telling in how well we’re conducting our outreach and attaining new visitors and readers. I’ll have to swing by and check out your blog too!

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  2. Hey Shari, I haven’t heard of inReads and admittedly I groaned when I read your title, ‘New Social Network For Readers’. Heavens! Another modern medium I will have to master (it is so hard to remain a recalcitrant Luddite in this Modern Age!) but is sounds interesting. I’d be interested in how it evolves. Thanks for the info.

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