Read Startup Communities With Me On BookShout!

I don’t think I’m breaking new ground by saying that book publishing is going through a rapid transformation. I’ve learned a lot about traditional publishing after working with Wiley for the past few years on Do More Faster, Venture Deals, Startup Communities, and Startup Life. I’ve also experimented with self-publishing with HyperInk for the book Burning Entrepreneur. And, as I continue to publish books in the Startup Revolution series, you’ll see a lot more experimentation from me, both around the writing and publishing process, as well as with regard to engaging with everyone reading these books.

Recently, I starting pondering what would happen if a book wasn’t simply static content, but an actively-engaging, community-building platform?  What if a class could read and share notes, an executive team could collaborate around a book, or a community of readers could interact within the text itself?

I recently found a social reading technology called BookShout!, and, after spending some time with them, think they are addressing a lot of things I want in my current book reading experience. As a result, I’ve launched Startup Communities: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City on BookShout!

If you download the book and join the community, you not only get the book, but you can also connect with me, see my notes, invite others to join you, and create robust communities and in-line conversations inside the book.

To help entrepreneurs worldwide, Startup America is also using its full resources to reach out to millions of entrepreneurs so that we can all read the book together.  Leaders of Startup America, including Steve Case (the founder of AOL) and Scott Case (the CEO of Startup America) are going to read and share their notes as well.

We listen to music together and go to movies together – now we can read books together.  I hope you’ll join me, participate, and give me feedback on what you think.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Thanks to BookShout! and Startup America, I’m giving away 250 free digital copies of Startup Communities on BookShout!  The first 250 people to create an account at and send an email to [email protected] will get a copy.  All I ask in return is that you make notes on areas that help you, invite others, and engage with me, give me feedback on what you think.

  • Very cool! I’ll add thoughts from my time running e-tower, the ‘competitive’ living community for student entrepreneurs at Babson. Much has happened since… There’s definitely a differentiation between student and ‘real world’ startup life, and that’s actually why I feel it’s important for students get exposed to that more serious environment, to prepare them for later, if not to help them determine if entrepreneurship is for them.
    That being said, I’ll submit the argument for where (in specific cases) an exclusive community (over your proposal of ‘all inclusive’) can work better, as it can hold its members more accountable for making progress. Educational institutions are already essentially exclusive and leverage this aspect of motivation to an extent. I guess I’ll have to read the book and tie in my thoughts to your context.

  • You’re starting to sound like Seth Godin. BookShout looks really cool… but I am not sure what I am buying on that page. Am I purchasing the kindle or ebook? Or something separate on the BS platform?

  • Dave Crenshaw

    Cool! I’ll sure check that out.

  • Brad….Thanks for your support! Glad you are bullish on BookShout! Our team has worked very hard. Still much to do….but we value your feedback and those of other users to continuously make improvements. We simply want to serve readers (and authors) by allowing them to share, experience, and interact with books in ways they never thought possible.

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