To anyone who doesn’t know, Shindig is an online platform that allows authors to reach their readers in a unique, virtual capacity. It’s like going to a book event without leaving your couch! The author is on a webcam and is therefore able to directly interact with anyone else participating in the event. But here’s the best part: you don’t need a camera or microphone to attend the event! To participate, all you have to do is sign up for the event you’re interested in. From there, you can either attend with a webcam or without, and chat both with the author and with other attendees face-to-virtual face or through an instant-messaging system. The set up has you in a “room,” in a small box that sits against a screen that makes it look like you’re in a huge library, with all of the other attendees. The author has a bigger box at the top of the screen, and they have the ability to mute the room or hear what everyone’s saying, depending on how they are handling the event.
This is one of the coolest things that we at New Leaf have been a part of recently. We’ve begun to use it for client events as an alternative to on-the-spot bookstore or library or school visits.
If you’re interested in checking out what ShinDig is about, please join us for our upcoming author event featuring Sandy Williams and Allison Pang on October 30th at 7 PM. Just follow this link: http://shindig.com/event/pang-williams to register to join us for an exciting event!