Recently I received a press release for MJ Rose, where it stated that she was holding a author event/reading at Second Life on Sept 25th (yes, it’s already passed) for her latest release, The Reincarnationist, which is described as equal parts “modern day thriller, historical fiction and love story.” MIRA, an imprint of Harlequin, LTD was promoting her book at Second Life. I was like: Second Life? What is Second Life? So, I googled it.
Second Life (SL) is a virtual online community launched and opened its doors to the public in 2003. The community boasts some 9 million residents. It is a community completely imagined and created by it’s “residents” or members. It seems that publishers like Harlequin are looking for a more innovative way to connect tech savvy readers with their favorite authors in the virtual world–from all over the globe. I think it’s rather neat. I’m sorry I missed this opportunity. I wouldn’t be averse to meeting an author in a virtual online community setting if I’m never to have the chance otherwise in real life. I think this would be a great opportunity for readers and authors alike.
The basic membership for Second Life is free. You can graduate up in services for a fee(one of the things you can do is own an island for $/month). I joined up with the basic membership, disabled everything, just to have a look around. The pic is me (my avatar is so not cute) and I know I need to work on my hair and wardrobe. You can click to enlarge the post card of me in SL. You have to download the SL client (make sure to review the system requirements) and it doesn’t support Windows Vista. I did a quick search and found several book clubs, cafes and such to chat about books with other readers online. I’m sure something like this is wonderful for those who are already online gamers (who make up the majority of the residents at SL). I’m a newbie to this stuff but I’m learning.
As for book events, I’ll be on the look out for them. In fact I just received an email from the Bantam Dell Cafe that Diana Gabaldon will be doing a live reading of her newest release, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (which I graded an A) on Thursday, October 11 @ 6 PM SLT at the Amphitheatre on Bantam Dell Island. I hope to be there if I can figure out how everything works in this 3-D digital world.
[tags]Second Life Online Digital World[/tags]