Social media and digital technologies are transforming what and how we read. Books and Social Media considers the way in which readers and writers come together in digital communities to discover and create new works of fiction.
This new way of engaging with fiction stretches the boundaries of what has been considered a book in the past by moving beyond the physical or even digitally bound object to the consideration of content, containers, and the ability to share. Using empirical data and up-to-date research methods, Miriam Johnson introduces the ways in which digitally social platforms give rise to a new type of citizen author who chooses to sidestep the industry's gatekeepers and share their works directly with interested readers on social platforms. Gender and genre, especially, play a key role in developing the communities in which these authors write. The use of surveys, interviews, and data mining brings to the fore issues of gender, genre, community, and power, which highlight the push and pull between these writers and the industry.
Questioning what we always thought we knew about what makes a book and traditional publishing channels, this book will be of interest to anyone studying or researching publishing, book history, print cultures, and digital and contemporary literatures.
Miriam J. Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She also maintains the 'Books are Social' website (https://www.booksaresocial.com/).
1. What Is A Book? 2. Foucault's Archaeology and McLuhan's Global Village and Rear-View Mirror as Analytic Strategies 3. The Creative Possibilities of the Book 4. The Rise of the Citizen Author 5. The Role of Gender in the Digitally Social Communities 6. Genre Fiction is Leading the Way 7. The Role of Community in Writing Fiction Online: Social Platforms as Places Where Authors and Readers Meet 8. The Power Relationships of the Book 9. Understanding and Incorporating the Contradictions Around the Book