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WorldCat Partners With Social Book Community weRead

OCLC (www.oclc.org) has partnered with weRead (http://weread.com), a social reading site and community for book lovers, to provide content on WorldCat.org, which now features weRead customer reviews alongside Amazon, Educational Media Reviews Online, and original user review submissions. In addition, WorldCat also uses the weRead recommendations engine to make "Read By Others" suggestions for additional titles of interest on a WorldCat detailed record page. 

It is the latest organization to join the list of more than 25 OCLC World partners. With one of the largest and most popular social book discovery applications on Facebook, MySpace, bebo, Hi5, and Orkut, weRead is a natural fit to partner with OCLC to enhance the social networking and user-discovery aspects of WorldCat. 

Cindy Cunningham, director of partner programs for OCLC says, "The mission of weRead-the social discovery of books-extends and further enhances the WorldCat.org goal to connect users with their local libraries. With weRead being a Lulu company and the corresponding support for self-publishing, OCLC can offer its users access to an entirely new reading experience." 

Lulu.com is changing the world of publishing by enabling creators to publish their work themselves for free, with complete editorial and copyright control. Lulu is the marketplace for digital content on the internet with more than 820,000 recently published titles and more than 5,000 new titles added each week. All of these titles are accessible through weRead. 

Source: OCLC



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