A reading application may enable a first user of a computing device (e.g., a smartphone, mobile phone, a tablet computer, a laptop computer, a wearable device, etc.) to send an excerpt of text (e.g., a sentence, a paragraph, a snippet, etc.) of an electronic book (“e-book”) in the first user’s e-book library to other users’ computing devices. For example, based on user input from the first user, the reading application may select (e.g., by executing a machine learning algorithm) an excerpt of text from the e-book. The reading application may enable one or more actions to the selected excerpt of text, such as adding a comment by the first user, tagging (e.g., identifying, linking, mentioning, etc.) one or more users (e.g., a second user), sharing the selected excerpt of text with the tagged users (e.g., the second user), etc. Responsive to an input from the first user to share the selected excerpt of text with the tagged users, the reading application may electronically communicate the selected excerpt of text (and, if any, the comment by the first user) to the tagged users (e.g., in the form of an e-mail, a text message, etc.). The tagged users may respond or otherwise react to the electronic communication from the reading application. The reading application may then display the responses in connection with the selected excerpt of text (e.g., as a comment thread) on the first user’s computing device.
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Shin, Dongeek, "SOCIAL READING", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 16, 2022)