ILMK Readers’ Recommendations: book discovery zone

ILMK Readers’ Recommendations: book discovery zone

“Read any good books lately?”

One of the biggest challenges for readers with the rise of e-books is that we have so many choices!

It looks as though our “noise to signal”, “wheat to chaff” issue is only going to increase.  The USA Kindle store has gone from under 100,000 titles to nearly four million titles in under eight years.

“Discovery” of books you want to read may be the most important topic within e-publishing right now.

I like to use ILMK to help, and I do often alert people to sales and giveaways. I make some recommendations from time to time, but I wanted to create something where my readers could, in a very low friction way, help other readers.

I think my readers tend to be serious readers, with wide-ranging interests. Having a chat with any of them might lead you to a book to read, but that’s not very efficient. 🙂

What I’ve decided to try is doing “polls”.

I’m going to list titles, and you can recommend one (or as many as you like) by “voting” for it.

I’m hoping this grows over time, and changes often enough to be worth a regular check-in.

I’ll put in the titles, and I’m going to do different categories.

There are two main things you can do to help, if you like.

First, vote for books you’ve read and liked. My thought is that books with more votes will be more appealing for readers. It’s not which one you like best…it’s which ones you think would be good for other people to read.

Second, make suggestions! You can do that by commenting on this page. You can suggest titles and/or categories. If you do suggest a title, please also suggest a category for it.

If you are directly connected to the book (author, publisher, that sort of thing), please say so in your comment. If your comment appears to be advertising, I typically won’t post it. I’m fine with you mentioning your own book…just identify yourself and do it naturally. 🙂

I expect that it would be rare that I wouldn’t add something, but I don’t want to say that adding will happen universally.

Also, please try to limit your books to ones available in the USA Kindle store…

If you have suggestions for improving this page, please also feel free to comment.

Note that books may go in and out of availability.

Categories I’m considering adding:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Mysteries
  • Classics
  • Understanding human beings (including you)
  • Made into movies/TV shows
  • Connected to Bufo and ILMK

Added September 13, 2015:

USA Kindle Unlimited books sorted by most reviewed (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Added September 14, 2015:

Children’s Chapter Books by most reviewed in the USA Kindle store (at AmazonSmile*)


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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! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


One Response to “ILMK Readers’ Recommendations: book discovery zone”

  1. Bufo Calvin Says:

    From Lady Galaxy: I previously borrowed and really enjoyed one of the monthly deals, “The Lion in the Lei Shop.” It’s part of the Nancy Pearl collection of older books that she has “rediscovered.” I’ve read several of the books from her “book lust” and “book crush” collections and enjoyed them.

    “The Lion in the Lei Shop” starts with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its effect on the military families stationed there. It is told from several points of view, and I found it interesting to see who different characters remembered the same incident. In addition to being a monthly deal, it’s also available through KU. I think anybody who liked the TV series “Army Wives” would really like this one. Same for those who enjoy historical fiction.

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