Ownshelf Helps Readers Share Their Digital Libraries With Friends
By Seth Fiegerman
Rick Marazzani believes readers should be able to share and discover e-books through their friends' personal libraries just like they do with print books. That's why he built Ownshelf.
Ownshelf, a free web service that launched in beta Friday, provides readers with a cloud storage platform to share e-books with friends and family. Think of it as a simpler Dropbox intended specifically for e-books, but with a social element built in to foster discovery. Users sign into the service through Facebook and can quickly upload e-book files to create a digital bookshelf or borrow e-books from their contacts' bookshelves.
"We don't see what people read anymore because it's not piled up on their coffee table, or on their bookshelf or their night stand," Marazzani told Mashable. "Our goal is to replace that with something virtual, where you can get recommendations and say 'Hey, try it, read it.'"