Bookbinders' Guild Members Gather to Discuss the Evolving Book
When asked by an audience member how publishers can take advantage of repurposing their content in a manner similar to The Golden Notebook Project and derive revenue from it, Stein responded that this is a "real problem" for publishers. "No one has built a transactional platform yet that will allow you to charge for this," he said.
While the new social networking capabilities of the Amazon Kindle were noted, Stein believes this use of social networking in regards to books—"throwing out text and letting anyone comment"—is not effective. In order for it to be effective, he said, the author must be present or the discussion must take place within a "closed" group of people, such as among members of a classroom or a reading group.
"Social reading means having confidence in the people in the margins," said Stein.