Publishing startup Tablo announced the launch of new social features for its cloud-based ebook publishing service. This marks the biggest shift in the platform since its launch in 2013. Off the back of a seed funding round, the developments are part of a wider effort to transform the writer from a solitary character into a social one by encouraging collaboration among authors and likeminded individuals within an online community.
The social network will enable authors to create their own individual profiles, complete with a biography, photo, and previous or upcoming works, and to share their writing with others in the online community. In turn, followers can browse the "Bookshelf" of their favorite authors, receive updates on new chapters as they are written, and become part of the creative journey.
Users can also join "Groups" which bring together writers and readers with a passion for all kinds of subjects, whether it's Romantic and Fantasy Fiction or groups dedicated to bilingual authors and motoring enthusiasts -- there is something for everyone.