SHAREDBOOK'S ANNOTATION TECHNOLOGY EMPOWERING OURENERGYPOLICY.ORG
First Broad Use of Company's Patented Technology Platform Allows Dynamic, Contextual Discussion of Energy Policy
NEW YORK – April 08, 2009 – SharedBook Inc., the custom publishing enabler, is providing its patented annotation technology platform to OurEnergyPolicy.org (www.ourenergypolicy.org), a new online initiative for the nation's energy policy leaders. OurEnergyPolicy.org will enhance the development of U.S. energy policy through contextual, online discussion by experts in the field from industry, academia, non-profit organizations, government, and elsewhere.
SharedBook's annotation platform allows approved experts on OurEnergyPolicy.org to contextually add initial and responsive comments to an energy document through online footnoting, while not allowing the original content to be changed, creating a digital platform for a discussion of energy policy. The platform also has a compilation and print capability, allowing books to be created from the content with any combination of the annotations, which appear in the book as footnotes.
"Integrating our revolutionary annotation technology with OurEnergyPolicy.org is an excellent showcase for the capabilities of the patented platform," said Caroline Vanderlip, Chief Executive Officer of SharedBook. "By allowing authorized experts to contribute thoughtful comments on the specific energy policies and positions being discussed, our annotation platform allows discussion on the site to evolve in a thoughtful, controlled way. It also gives users the option of creating books, PDFs or other printed output with a specified combination of the annotations, for use in government hearings, outreach efforts, and elsewhere."
"In just a few weeks, OurEnergyPolicy.org has attracted some of the top energy experts in the country and is growing rapidly," said Bill Squadron, President of OurEnergyPolicy.org. "SharedBook's annotation software - which will permit us to both organize the conversation coherently and produce the most relevant accompanying documents - is integral to our effort. The software is easy to use and allows a dialogue that the American public can follow, which is critical in what promises to be one of the most important national policy debates of our time."
SharedBook's proprietary publishing platform enables users to create customized and personalized books in real time, which can be displayed as flipbooks on the Web, downloaded as PDFs, or professionally printed. SharedBook supports the traditional publisher's interest in personalization, and allows Web content providers to become publishers. SharedBook partners include Allrecipes.com, Bloomsbury, CaringBridge, CBS College Sports, DK Publishing, FuneralNet, Hachette, HarperCollins Publishers, Legacy.com, Penguin USA, ProfessionalTravelGuide.com, Random House, Inc., Regnery Publishing, SOHO Publishing, and Sterling Publishing, among others. For more information, visit www.sharedbook.com or http://sharedbook.typepad.com.
The goal of OurEnergyPolicy.org is to provide expert input into the development of a new U.S. energy policy through a public, online discussion by our nation's energy leaders. A skeleton U.S. Energy Policy covering the most important issues is available for discussion on this web site. The discussion process is facilitated by new advanced community software from SharedBook that allows users to initiate a comprehensive dialog on any word, phrase, section or idea of the plan.
The goal is for every energy expert in the country to participate together in the dialogue: scientists, energy companies (oil, gas, utilities, coal, ethanol, etc.), energy think tanks, climate change organizations, environmental organizations, energy security, government policy makers, legislators, etc. The final result will be a U.S. Energy Policy that has been vetted by our best energy experts under the watchful eye of the public.
Ray Yeung/Bill Douglass