What is the product? What does it do? How does it do it?
- MultiWords is a Mozilla-like multifunctional online-reading mediator.
- Plug-in components, hardware and software that are accessed via third-party output devices with the capability of tracking readers’ comprehension levels. Additional components can track users’ mood or level of engagement (via heart rate or other monitoring device).
- Software that collects and distributes data received from readers to subscribing authors.
- Software automatically adjusts reading level of book by editing it on the fly to a reading level determined by the plug-in hardware from the user’s eye movements and physical data.
What are the markets?
Author takes reader feedback into account, can use it as a resource. So can reader.
Available via Mozilla/Wikipedia/WordPress non-profit company
API is freely distributed so 3rd-party vendors can add MultiWord functionality to their products, such as authoring tools, reading platforms, etc.
Can be plugged into authoring tools.
Dan Gillmor thinks of it as a tool that changes how a book comes into being and then can be used to changed and remix the book, either by the author or by readers.
- Dynamic feedback between reader and author in creating new iterations of the book.
- Readers’ engagement will be different depending on the levels at which they are subscribed. (Special info from certain readers?)
- Benefit to reader: they get a customized reading experience
- Some may feel a deeper connection to the author or to the work.
- Author can look at collective data and drill down.
- Author gets a community specific to the book
- Useful for developing a crowdsourced book
Are we looking at an omnibus tool?
From the author’s POV, it works like this:
- Author writes original work.
- Reader views work from accustomed output device, which includes hardware capability that enables it to track reader’s eye movement, emotional states.
- Author or publisher receives :
— data about readers’ eye movements
— actual comments from readers
— aggregated feedback from readers
- Reader receives:
— benefit of a customized reading experience (to reader’s personal level, which can change automatically if reading competency improves)
— possible special relationship with author
Additional functionalities planned for version 2.0
Add composition package, so existing simple texts can be made more complicated. Turns short stories into novels? Guarantees a higher grade on book reports?
Add pallet of constraints, so authors can limit what can be done to their prose. (Note: I’m sure that these authors will suffer in the marketplace!)
Add functionality to enable readers to customize the text of a work to reflect their beliefs or personality.