CommentPress 1.0 released

July 25th, 2007 by Ross Scaife

CommentPress is a free theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. CommentPress was developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book “to enable social interaction around long-form texts.” Some of the possibilities:

  • scholarly contexts: working papers, conferences, annotation projects, journals, collaborative glosses
  • educational: virtual classroom discussion around readings, study groups
  • journalism/public advocacy/networked democracy: social assessment and public dissection of government or corporate documents, cutting through opaque language and spin
  • creative writing: workshopping story drafts, collaborative storytelling
  • recreational: social reading, book clubs

Update: University Publishing In A Digital Age now set up for social annotation.

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