A new feature, and you can help…ILMK Readers’ Recommendations: book discovery zone
You know how people like to say, “So many books, so little time”?
Well, if they said that twenty years ago, they didn’t know the tenth of it! 😉
It’s not necessarily that the problem is that there are that many more books (although there are clearly more published each month than there used to be). Even if you read a book every day for fifty years, you wouldn’t read 20,000 books. I think it’s safe to say that you aren’t going to read 100,000 books in your life…and there are close to four million titles in the Kindle store…and there are over eighteen million new paperback titles at Amazon.
Part of it is that they are so much more available than they were. When every book cost a significant amount, it was easier to say no.
There are tens of thousands of free Kindle books from Amazon…and that doesn’t include the more than one million books you can borrow from
for $9.99 a month.
I’ve tried a number of ways to help you, my readers, discover books.
I’ve also been grateful when you’ve suggested books to me.
Thanks to my
poll recently, I read
which I enjoyed (and I’m looking forward to the Matt Damon movie).
I’m currently reading
and it’s a book where I’m excited to see what happens next.
I wanted to find some way to get everybody more recommendations.
I didn’t want to just ask for narratives, though…there are a lot of places to get those kinds of wonderful, insightful reviews.
I decided to go with a polling type system.
Take a look at it, and see what you think:
I’d love you to participate, although of course, it’s up to you. 🙂
You can comment on the page to recommend a title and/or a new category, and you can “vote” in the poll to recommend the book.
My thought is that people will notice books with a lot of votes and check them out…or perhaps, see a book that’s completely unfamiliar but has a few votes, and look at that one.
I’ll be interested to know what you think…
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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