I’ve long been an dormant contributor to “The Infinite Thinking Machine,” Google’s education blog, but my long sleep came to an end today with my new post “A Quest for NetFlix Plus Functionality for Books – for Young Readers!”

a very motivated young reader

I’d love to hear/read your responses, particularly if you’ve used the sites I mention or others like Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing with your own students or children.

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4 Responses to Dreaming of a free NetFlix for books site for student readers

  1. I think this is a fabulous idea. If you need some help testing it I will volunteer my school. WOW. I get where you are coming from being a reader myself and my daughter being an avid reader. I looked at Goodreads and it would be great if there was a site dedicated just to children. Go for it.

  2. Tim says:

    Hi. I run LibraryThing. I believe that all three sites you mention forbid under-13s entirely from their site, as do Bookmooch, Paperback Swap and others. COOPA is no joke. Perhaps someone will make a “Club Penguin” for books. But complying with COPPA is not trivial, and these aren’t business models with lots of gold sloshing around.

  3. Hello, Wes,

    I just wrote up a quick blueprint on how to build this site using Drupal. Given the existing codebase within Drupal, most of these pieces are already in place. The content recommendation and COPPA compliance would need a little work, but the site you describe could be assembled using open source tools, and therefore be made freely available to anyone who wanted to use it.

    The details are at http://funnymonkey.com/site-for-young-readers

    Cheers,

    Bill

  4. Matt says:

    I really like the idea of a NetFlix-type site where kids can access information about books and interact with others regarding book information and preferences. I really never put much thought into this subject; thanks for opening my eyes to this.

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