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In a process known as “reverse publishing,” SharedBook enables companies and consumers to dynamically produce personalized and customized books and documents with its patented publishing and annotation platform.

Policy makers, nonprofits, educators, and special-interest communities can use SharedBook’s platform to allow their members or constituents to engage in an online dialogue on bills, rules, research and other important documents. Starting with highlighted excerpts from the original content, a series of comments and replies can be posted and shared with any and all interested users to facilitate a pointed and detailed discussion. The source document is locked down and the community discussion is stored and presented back as footnotes at a granular level. A permanent record of the conversation can be preserved as a professionally printed book or PDF download.

Some platform features include, secure transition from print to digital, centralize materials, engaging user experience through note-taking, polls, highlight, update live content, analytics.

SharedBook was used by Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) for collaborative review of the healthcare bill “H.R.3200 – America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.”

Founded in 2002, the company was headquartered in New York with R&D in Herzlia, Israel. Since 2014, SharedBook has been acquired by XanEdu and is now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It has also merged with AcademicPub.

SharedBook Overview from Jeff Letson on Vimeo.

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A list of projects that have used SharedBook: