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

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

If you are a book lover, Litsy can be the social app for you.

The startup was founded by Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who previously launched the book-themed clothing company Out of Print. Lawton told me the yett for Litsy came of connecting with Out of Print fans at events like book festivals and comic book conventions.

“We accomplished that there’s a quite passionate conversation that takes place face-to-face with readers that wasn’t necessarily captured digitally,” Lawton said.

At initially, that struck me as a strange thing say when Goodreads exists, and when there are so many various places where you can post your opinion of a book. But as Lawton pointed out, there’s additional to the conversation, and to assembling a community, than posting reviews: “What we wanted to do was take the many, the many fun aspects of other social media platforms and back it with an awe-inspiring book database.”

So on Litsy, every post can take a number of various forms — a blurb (basically any short comment), a quote or a review. Even if you are writing a review, you have to be concise, for the reason everything’s limited to 300 characters. You can in addition include an image, whether it’s a photo of your copy of the book or a thing else that’s related.

You can browse Litsy content by next various accounts, but all those updates are in addition tied to a specific book. So you can bring up a book’s profile, read what everyone has said of it (Lawton defined it as seeing “the world’s collective marginalia”) and, if it appears informative, add it to your to-read list.

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Other rad showcases include the talent to mark a thing as a spoiler, so it’s hidden of other users until they opt in to see your comment. You’ve in addition got a “Litfluence” score, that helps you select the many influential individuals on the app and see how you stack up against them.

The app (currently iOS-only) is free, and LeBlanc told me the team is additional focused on assembling a community than producing money, at very least for now, yet he in addition acunderstandledged, “We do understand we a few day require a business model” — in this case it’ll most likely involve a few form of advertising.

Whilst the Litsy team is only starting to promote the app publicly, they’ve may already brought on a few high-profile users, which include authors like Joe Hill, bookstores like The Strand and publishers like Penguin Random House and Harper Perennial.

And to be clear, Litsy is a separate company of Out of Print, alyet Lawton and LeBlanc are yet running both, and Lawton acunderstandledged that in a few ways, “They unquestionably go hand-in-hand.”

“We started out with T-shirts never considering this is going to be a T-shirt company — we wanted to manufacture an emotional connection,” he said. “Now we want to go on producing that connection.”

You can download Litsy here.

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