It seems like just about every living being on Earth uses Facebook. It’s one of the most immediate pieces of social networking available. So it comes as no surprise that in this new world of digital publishing (eBooks etc.), someone has decided to “publish” a book on Facebook.
Author Alex Epstein has written a collection of 88 short stories, which he says will be published in Hebrew traditionally in a few months, but in the meantime, he’s published the collection on Facebook. It is called For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings and he calls it a Facebook Book. Epstein’s friends on Facebook are able to flip through the photo album (each story is collected there as an image), and read the stories from cover to cover. He was surprised at the immediacy of it, saying hundreds of people read it within minutes of ‘publication’. Certainly gets the book out there even faster than uploading an eBook to Amazon or Google.
The interesting thing about this idea is that not only can people read the book right away, they can comment on individual parts or just “like” it as a whole. It lets Epstein know immediately how well it is being received (although I would assume many readers would be his “friends” already.) You can take a look at the idea right here, and while it isn’t in English, it’ll give you a good idea what’s possible. Good idea or bad, it’s innovative, but almost seems like it was staring us all in the face the whole time.
If you’d like to read an interview with Alex Epstein, click here. It seems that our world is becoming smaller and smaller every day.