Check it out: readme.cc

As a lot of people out there are readers You might be interested in a new modernized version of an online “Buchklub” that has been initiated by Walter Grond and Beat Mazenauer. The project readme.cc is online since a couple of days.

It has several nice features:
1. It is international: You can read and publish book-tips in english, french, german and hungarian (at least if You are able to read hungarian).
2. You can either upload pictures of You and Your favourite books or
3. You can use one of their fotobots to take a picture of Yourself and a book and comment it online afterwards.

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The bots look really cool, they work very well and one of them has been installed at the Museumsquartier.

7 Comments so far

  1. umberto (unregistered) on May 16th, 2005 @ 10:44 am

    Really interesting. I love this underground “digital age” culture.

    I’ll try to activate some friends in Firenze in order to have readme.cc also in italian language.


  2. KH (unregistered) on May 16th, 2005 @ 1:26 pm

    That would be great! They can contact me, if they are interested!


  3. umberto (unregistered) on May 16th, 2005 @ 2:33 pm

    ..can you please send me your email address to umberto_soprano@yahoo.it ?

    my sister has worked for a writers school in Italy (link), and could be interested.


  4. nex (unregistered) on May 16th, 2005 @ 7:40 pm

    just a quick rant as i don’t have the time to do this properly now, sorry:

    this isn’t all too underground-digital-age-ish. the individual pages on books are quite nicely done on this site, but apart from their sheer volume they aren’t any different from book tips in a hardcopy magazine: you can’t do anything with them but read them. there’s no link that takes you to reviews of other books from the same author, from the same country, the same genre or anything. there’s no ‘people who like this book also like these books’ as on amazon. there are no nice interactive graphs of related books as on gnooks. there’s no way to rate entries or make them favourites as on flickr. the site is exclusively about treeware; there’s an ISBN field (btw. karin, you didn’t fill in the on in your review), but no URL field.

    the only meta-data that is available in a surfable way is the author of the review; you can read his/her other reviews and make him/her a ‘friend’ or something. which would be nice if this was yet another social networking site, which it absolutely shouldn’t be[*] — it should be about books, not people.

    i’m not saying the site should feature tagging or bookmarklets or ajax-enabled multi-level commenting, just because that’s hip at the moment. i’m also not saying it’s a bad idea that from the very start, as exemplified by the process of snapping a pic of you holding up the described artefact in the form of physical treeware, it excludes any form of ebooks. this is wonderful. it’s just really really not about 21st century digital culture.

    ________

    [*] YASNSs aren’t working in austria and the reason is that there’s too many of them and they don’t interoperate. if you’re in austin, texas, and want to date a weird geek, you can use consumating. if you’re in the californian bay area and want to attend a meeting of transhumanists, you’ll get that on tribe.net. if you’re in new york city and want to buy a good used TV set, craigslist does it for you. but how many austrians are on any of these sites? only a tiny fraction of the critical mass it would take to make it any good.


  5. KH (unregistered) on May 17th, 2005 @ 9:33 am

    … a little bit of patience, please. a lot of the things you recommended are being programmed right now (weblinks, possibility of comments, inter-relations between book-tips). the full-version will be online in a couple of weeks. And: I promise to be more accurate with my ISBN’s ;-)


  6. nex (unregistered) on May 17th, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    oh, that’s very good, then. will the software be open sourced, so people with possibly good ideas can play with it and suggest patches?


  7. KH (unregistered) on May 18th, 2005 @ 10:56 pm

    hopefully so! I’ll keep You updated!



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