Friday Fun Link – DiscoverReads

DiscoverReads.com is a new site that provides book recommendations based on which books you tell it you already like/have read based on a five star rating system.

I spent some time entering a bunch of books that I liked (realising that most of the books I rated ended up getting between 3-5 stars since what’s the point of reading a book that’s only going to get 1-2 stars?)  Once I’d done this for awhile, I started to see that the site’s recommendations tended to just be more books from the same author or the books it recommended that didn’t appeal didn’t seem to have a way to say “no thanks”.   It’s also missing the vast majority of Canadian books/authors I searched for which is a big negative for much of the reading I do.

Overall, there’s a lot of potential for a site that provides suggestions based on information you input directly about what you already like.  But for the time being, I think I’ll stick with sites and databases like Amazon, LibraryThing, GoodReads, CompleteConnection and so on for my recommendations.

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