Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Pulse It

Simon and Schuster's new Pulse It site debuted at the beginning of last month. It includes Facebook-like qualities like friending other members, plus places to review their books. Instead of the pool of teens getting tangible copies of books, they're now releasing digital copies of two books a month to all members, giving them a set number of days to read. Sounds pretty extensive.

I was too old for Pulse It when I first found out about it and I'm not any younger now. For those of you that do use it, how do you like it? Is it a kind of smaller version of the book blogging community? Is it a good place to meet other book lovers and talk about books? Did you prefer the older Pulse It and would rather get the tangible books?

I'm genuinely interested because this whole movement of digitized reading is supposed to be really central around teens but I'm wondering if they're really just as attached to physical books as the rest of us. Speak up!

11 comments:

Steph Bowe said...

I wish I could do the pulse it thing!
I'm fifteen, but I live in Australia and it's only for people in Canad and the US.

I have to say, I LOVE physical books. When they're fresh and new and shiny and also when they're all battered up and people have written in the margins (that's usually from the library). I don't mind ebooks thoyugh, but for me, they'll never really compete.

Barbara Desmond said...

I hate when things have an age limit on them. I prefer books and I don't see that changing. The thought of reading a book on a screen just doesn't appeal to me which is why I won't get a Kindle also there's the huge price tag that comes along with it and no one is sending me a bag of money to feed my book habit.

Steph Su said...

When I found out about Pulse It I was just a few months shy of their age cutoff, so I didn't bother. I agree with Barbara: age limits are dumb, and they're missing out on a great audience with it.

Miss Cindy said...

This is the first time I hear about it, but I will check it out and see what its all about :)

Miss Cindy said...

I like the sound of the whole website, the use of points and the free book you get a month. I would join, but I'm too old too! :(

prophecygirl said...

Sounds cool, but I don't like digital books. lol.

barbrafl said...

I'm joined on the website and highly dislike the way it's set up. Everything that you do on the site counts for points, which leads to MANY people adding pointless content and blogs saying things such as "off to work, bye" and nothing more, which they get points for. It's too crowded with useless information and many people are on it just for the points. I also dislike the digital reader, because pages load too slowly and it's far from having a book in your hands. The whole program isn't how I thought it would be, i don't recommend anyone to join the site.

Hillary said...

Actually, it kinda sucks. Most people on there are just posting stupid things to add up points. I am a member, but I don't go there often because reading books on the computer sucks.

Donna said...

I agree on the age limit thing. Ironically enough, one of my next posts on this blog is going to be about who really drives YA fiction sales . . . perhaps they should start letting older people in . . . and by the sound of it, tweaking their points system.

Emily said...

I really really hate the new system. i only got to participate in the old system for about 3 months, but it in my opinion it was much better. I could read the books where ever i wanted. i could bring them with me when i was waiting at the doctors or something... i think the digital books were a bad idea.

Krista said...

I was sent an invite to it and the rules now are for anyone ages 14 or older. So they changed their policy. I will try it to see what it is all about, but if it sucks I will leave.

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