Thursday, December 10, 2009

Evaluating Websites I would recommend this website for our patron who wants to find out quickly any other books recommended by more than one supplier online for either the same author whom they recently read a book of him or any related book title similar to the one they have read. This makes it easier to search, find and buy a book or even note down the name of the book which they can then find out if the book is available in our library.

Book lamp: I would recommend this website for those readers who want to match books through an analysis of writing styles. BookLamp allows you to find books with a similar level of tone, tense, perspective, action, description, and dialog - while at the same time allowing you to specify details like... half the length. It is more for patrons who want similarity in the way the book has been written rather than a wide range of books for the same author.

What should I read next?: Very much similar to bookseer when searching but the result is more dependent on what other readers recommend for you to read next rather than the website filtering books for the same author or similar title, it simply help people to share their favourite items with each other so I recommend this to patrons who want to read the next book based on other readers recommendations.

An Author's Perspective

I have tried searching for Authors on tour live for one of bestselling and award winning author Diana Gabaldon and once I clicked on [listen to this podcast] it took me to another page where I managed to download and listen to the author reading and discussing her novel “ An Echo in the Bone “ . I have also searched for some other authors hoping to find podcasts under the selection of websites suggested but was only successful to find a readable interview in the below website: I would definitely recommend these websites to our patrons who wants to spend time finding out more info about their favourite author especially reading their Biography and listening to their interviews.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Readers and Booklovers

I first started searching in and once I typed in the recent book I have read "The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini" I saw a big list of all the books that Amazon, BookArmy and LibraryThing recommended for me , and to my big surprise I immediately figured out that among these titles some I already read like “A thousand Splendid Suns” by the same author Khaled Hosseini and another I am now reading which is “The lovely Bones by Alice Sebold” also in the list “The Boy in the striped Pyjamas “which is on my request list to borrow from the library. I must Say I was very pleased with the result as it shows it is greatly matching my test! What a great little website that combines three resources with valued information and recommendations. The greatest of all is once you click on the book that you would like to find out more about, it will take you to Amazon website. It is a shame though that bookseer website wasn't impressive in the way it is been designed but functionality wise is very much satisfactory.

Booklamp on the other side was far more complicated but good for those who wants to know which book matches the book that they have recently read and it is measured in different ways using their statistics measurements. You are also required to sign up for this website to use it.

I then visited what should I read next website and this was far simpler and easy to follow. Similar idea to bookseer website, it asks you for the title and the author of a book you have recently read but the difference is the result as the website provides you with recommendations by other readers rather than filtering other books for a specific author or books with similar title name.