What more can the Blaze offer an audience that is so passionate about breaking coverage, history, politics and current events?
We’ll tell you what: Books.
Today The Blaze announces the launch of an entire Books vertical: dedicated to the custom selection and recommendation of the most interesting and relevant books available. Non-fiction, fiction, historical, political, faith-based; you name it. The Blaze Books vertical (Powered by Copia) brings readers a curated experience from trusted Blaze editors that enables them to go beyond the standard comments at the end of an article and start their own clubs, groups, and threads. Now users can connect with their favorite GBTV and Blaze contributors, read special editions with staff annotations, meet like-minded individuals, or argue with the other side— all in the margins of their e-books.
The Blaze has partnered with Copia to offer its readers this supplemental community platform. It’s a new way to enjoy a book in a socially connected way. With Copia, readers can create a profile, join digital book clubs with friends and connect with other Blaze readers with similar interests. They can take notes and share ideas within their e-books. Readers can join discussion groups related to specific books, authors, or genres (public or private). Copia members can even draw upon the larger Blaze and Copia communities to source the very best notes, thoughts, questions and discussions around a particular book or subject.
To kick off the launch of this unique vertical The Blaze Books Powered by Copia will be celebrating the release of Buck Sexton’s new book “Occupy: American Spring - The Making of a Revolution”. Experience a book launch like never before, with relevant commentary and annotations from Buck Sexton himself, as well as your favorite panelists from GBTV. Readers can participate as little or as much as they wish, setting custom privacy and community participation levels. The Blaze Books will offer readers further access to additional content, multi-media and relevant articles to further enhance site interactivity.
And speaking of context, The Blaze/Copia partnership also aims to roll out a feature that will suggest further reading on a certain subject, right below an article. Imagine it: you are reading an article about Syria, and wish you had some more information about the country’s history. Scroll down, and there will be books, handpicked for that article, which provide the additional information you are looking for. It’ll be one more way to “connect the dots” and stay informed.
The Blaze team and the folks at COPIA are extremely excited about this partnership, and about the launch of this new vertical. The teams invite you to go to www.thecopia.com and sign up to experience the next big thing in social, interactive reading, and the next generation of conversation for The Blaze community.