SoopBook is a collaborative social storytelling website. Books are created based on user input and a voting process.
Soopbook launched in April of 2009. There is no traffic data available for the application, but the site indicates 1733 active users. Founded by Sylvia Ordinas Tellado and Alberto Collazo Moll, SoopBook was originally conceived as a game.
SoopBook is a collaborative writing application for writing, reading, and voting on content that is submitted to the website.
To begin using SoopBook, a user will begin on the Library page. The results on this page may be limited by category, genre, type, language, status, scope, number of chapters, licensing, and podcast availability.
A majority of the books on the site are in Spanish. Only 39 stories in English were found in a search and very few of those have anything actually written. Once a book is accessed, users may read the content that has been entered and vote on it. In order for a chapter to be accepted as a part of an ongoing story, it must receive votes to be validated. Once validated, the chapter becomes active. If a user has opened the book up for community input, other users may choose to offer chapters. These will also need to be voted on. Stories can follow varied paths, depending on user input.
Creating a book requires a user to choose a title, a type of book (normal with 200-5000 character chapter lenghts, fast SMS chapters with 140 characters or less, or free with unlimited chapter lengths), the scope of inclusion (the entire community, individual, or group), the genre, language, type of Creative Commons license, introduction, and a cover upload.
The application is relatively intuitive, but limited for those who speak languages other than Spanish. Many of the works are individual, with defeats the community social aspect of the site. This could be a very useful site for writers to spark ideas and creativity if it expands.
Registration requires an email address, password, and username.
SoopBook is completely free to use.
Right now, Spanish speaking writers wishing to try out a social collaborative tool might find SoopBook to be interesting. Speakers of other languages, including English, will be disappointed in the offerings.