Scholastic Launches Social Networking Site: You Are What You

Scholastic has launched You Are What You Read, a new social networking site for readers around the world. Users select the five books that had the biggest impact on their lives, and connect with other readers through these shared “Bookprints.” You can log on via Facebook or Twitter, or you can create your own Scholastic account.

The idea behind the site is that books play an important role in shaping who we are and who we will become. On You Are What You Read, Scholastic describes Bookprints as a “textual lineage” or “a reading and writing autobiography which shows that who you are is in part developed through the stories and information you’ve experienced.”

You Are What You Read also contains more than 130 “Names You Know” where celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Johansson, and Taylor Swift share the five important books in their lives. FYI, Daniel Radcliffe’s picks include Harry Potter and he says, “I think it’s fair to say that if we’re talking about the five books that have most influenced my life, I think it would be pretty churlish of me not to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for giving me everything that I have and everything that I will have.”

According to Scholastic, You Are What You Read users can:

Discover new books through an interactive web that shows how users’ Bookprints are connected
Find and connect with users across generations and from around the world to see the books in their Bookprints

Compare their Bookprints to those of the participating “Names You Know,” and find out if they share a book in their Bookprint with famous athletes, award-winning entertainers, world-renowned scientists, or iconic business leaders

“Favorite” other books they like and check out what similar users enjoy reading

See which books have been chosen as Favorites from around the world

Share a book in the real word through Pass It On, which encourages users to give a favorite book to a family member, a friend, or even a complete stranger.

Coming Soon: Users can join ongoing conversations about books and Bookprints in “Book Buzz,” a live feed of comments, news, and reviews.

You Are What You Read also features a separate community for young readers that provides kid friendly information about books and other activities.

So what do you think about this new social network? I’m intrigued by the idea and would like to try it out, but I’m having trouble narrowing down my five picks. I’m going to have to think about it a little bit more before I sign up. If you’ve tried You Are What You Read, let me know in the comments.

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