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Facebook Bring Live Book Reading To Worldwide Audience

Not content with taking over X-Factor voting in the US, Facebook will be making history once again this week, as a live reading of Tony Parson’s latest book, Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow, by the author himself will be streamed across the internet platform.

Heathrow’s Facebook page will offer customers the chance to watch a live streaming of Parsons reading one of the short stories based around Terminal 5. The book was written as part of Heathrow’s “writer in residence” initiative which was launched in 2009. The initiative is designed to give writers the chance to document some of the behind-the-scenes stories from the busiest international airport.

Facebook and Twitter get the X-Factor

This latest use of Facebook is just another example of how the online platform is becoming an integral part of our daily lives. This week it was hinted at that X-Factor voters in the US will soon be able to vote for their favourite acts via Facebook and Twitter. Facebook has launched a number of new services and features recently, redefining their position as the leaders of social media interaction.

Recent additions have seen Facebook become accessible via a number of devices, making it more widely available and perhaps explaining its estimated 750 million strong user base. With Facebook for pre-pay mobile phones being released in addition to a Facebook service for iPads, the service is ensuring that it reaches as wide an audience as possible.

The Facebook site, which was originally launched in 2004, has also changed by what features it offers its users. Creating events and groups were one of the first features to be offered, providing people with an easy way to organise their social calendars – find out how to create a group or event

Facebook then partnered with a number of other services and companies in order to enhance the range of features they offer their users. Their union with Skype saw video-calling enter the realm of Facebook, allowing their users to engage in online video-chats. Take a look at our guide of how to get started with Facebook video here

Social Books: Live Video Streaming Technology

This new use of Facebook’s video technology to stream a live book reading could create a kind of “social literature”, allowing users to experience books in a more interactive manner. The reading will be streamed live to audiences tomorrow (Wednesday 26th October) at 3pm.

The novel, which is based on experiences the write gained whilst living inside Heathrow’s Terminal 5 for a week, will go on sale the day after the streaming with 5,000 free copies being distributed to passengers on the day of the reading.


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