John Grace • over 10 years ago
The current state of book discovery, or Reader's Advisory
As an ex Amazonian and former acquisitions editor when the world of publishing talks about book discovery, frequently those talking about book discovery are really talking about why aren't people discovery MY book.
Libarians have been involved in Book discovery to the point where multiple books and even graduate level classes are taught on the topic. It's a field of work that has been around long enough for people to write histories about the field of book discovery.
The Wikipedia has a lot of links to resources
Here is an example of what one library offers online, you can email a Librarian and have them suggest you books based on some questions.
Trust, in my opinion, is the hardest element for any solution to create when it comes to book discovery. Readers invest both money and time when they read a suggested book and building trust with readers will be the key problem any solution has to overcome.
Personally, I've recently discovered that won't be able to travel to NYC for the Hackathon but the two areas that I think could be explored are
1. Book Blurbs, are on almost every book but are stuck in the 19th century. When one author recomends another authors book that recomendation will have a lot of authority because of the previous connection between reader and author. There is an existing body of powerful book recomendations that can be harnessed.
2. Book Bloggers are a pretty powerful force, figuring out how to create a metadata mashup that directed their many dispersed reviews to readers could be a powerful force. A survey by Bowker in 2009 9.77% of book buyers at Amazon.com said they bought a specific book because of online book reviews, for comparision being on a best seller list was 3.44%.
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