Libboo is an application that can make writing, reading and publishing of content easy. For example, users can setup a Libboo account and post their content to the Libboo universe. Additionally, they can read any of the thousands of free "Libbooks" available through the site. Also, users can post their ideas and recruit a team of individuals to assist with editing, promoting, illustrating, etc. so that a user's idea could really develop into a real, viable and possibly profitable project. Libboo states that it can help its users gain notoriety and turn a profit on their ideas using its platform. Additionally, Libboo hosts some of the world's first "crowd-sourced" works, like a mystery novel called 'Paradox.' Other crowd-developed publications are available through Libboo too. So whether a user is stuck at a certain point in their novel, or they only have a great premise and they need a team of people to bring it to life- Libboo offers a way for users to bring their ideas to life.Show more screenshots »
Libboo.com launched its first public version of its application online on August 30, 2011, while it has been in beta testing for some time before that and actually copyrighted since 2007. The company has locations in Boston, MA and London, UK. As of early 2012, it was supported by a team of 5 employees.
Libboo is most different from other publishing sites in a communal and team-building aspect. People with all kinds of talents can go onto Libboo and find ideas that they can lend their skills and work towards. Or, for users who have a premise but who don't know where to go next can also use Libboo to possibly promote and develop their idea. Finally, Libboo can simply be a fun place for writers and readers to come together and collaborate. Unlike other blogging sites that provide a way for users to develop their own idea and receive input just in the form of comments, Libboo allows its users to receive feedback, recruit a team and develop an idea effectively- making it a living, breathing thing that is constantly growing thanks to talented and passionate people from around the world.
Libboo appears to be well-thought out and designed professionally enough. Libboo lists its capabilities simply, for example "Start a Libboook" or "Build a team." The posted video "Libboo in 60 seconds" is also featured on their homepage to provide a quick overview of their service. The site appears to be current and responds quickly.
Registering for a Libboo account can be completed by visiting: http://www.libboo.com/signup
From there, users can create a Libboo profile by setting up a username, providing their first and last name, their email address, gender, city and by setting up a password and accepting the Libboo terms and conditions. A confirmation of one's email address is required before they can start using Libboo. Once confirmed, they can begin writing, reading or networking with other creative people.
Libboo is free to start using. Once content is developed and published, Libboo handles all of the copyrighting and royalties. They take 15% of total royalties as their fee.
Libboo is a solid way for new writers to develop and promote an eBook or for anyone with a partial idea to develop it into a full, living and breathing one. However, for anyone really serious about their content and who has developed it fully, perhaps promoting it through more traditional means (and possibly saving the 15% Libboo cut) might make more sense.