My husband sent me a post from the popular blog Boing Boing about a new website, in beta (public trial mode), BookArmy.com, that aims to “link every book and every author on earth.” It’s an interesting concept and a potentially great tool to find new books and authors.
I’d like to see it again when it becomes more well-used and fleshed out. I signed up as a user and made suggestions for similar books to Twilight, but I found that suggesting the books was very frustrating. Adding three at a time was unweildy, since every second choice I made would invalidate the first. So I finally went in and one by one added three books. This is a beta so these are the kind of things they are working to fix. I highly recommend signing up and suggesting books you like that may be similar to other books you’ve read. This will help BookArmy be more successful. Like I said, I love the idea.
How it will compare to databases to find books that we pay for our users to use, like Novelist Plus (you’ll need your library card number handy to see this)? I don’t know. I doubt it will ever be as good as a professionally created database, but it has the advantage of being free and open on the web. To use Novelist you have to be a member of a library that pays for a subscription.
Here’s the post (oh, and let me just say to Steve Jobs, “So, people don’t READ anymore? Au contraire, pal”):
BookArmy: a last.fm for books
Posted by Cory Doctorow, April 22, 2009 10:40
Bookarmy.com is a London-based start-up aiming to be the last.fm of books â€” and we’re gathering steam on our mission to link every book and every author on earth.
A month into public beta, the site’s already throwing up some curious connections. Neil Gaiman and Lewis Caroll? Ray Bradbury and George Orwell? Charles Stross and Fyodor Dostoevsky? Anything goes: Bookarmy recommendations are generated by members themselves, who can mix and match similar reads from a full bibliographic database. The site also give readers space to host online libraries of their favourite books — and compares their tastes to refine its recommendations.
Big-name authors already active on Bookarmy include ‘Alchemist’ author Paulo Coelho and ‘Jumper’ scribe Steven Gould. Publisher HarperCollins recently took a stake in the business, which should mean not just bags of multimedia on the way but potentially access to all manner of great content as the ebook revolution gathers pace!
Book Army (Thanks, Mark!)
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