writing services for college papers help on research paper cheap essays essay writer generator college essay ideas help essay services buy argumentative essay write my essay write my essay website write my paper for me cheap write my research paper online best college essay writing services what to write my research paper on expert essay writers best thesis editing services paper writing services write my philosophy paper top essay writers help me write a paper custom essay buy thesis paper romeo and juliet essay help custom papers online buy research paper cheap automatic essay writer writing thesis paper order custom essays buy thesis paper thesis proposal writing service buy a college paper help writing my college essay need help writing an essay custom paper writers help with your paper custom written essays buy custom essay help writing a compare and contrast essay best essay writers online write my essay wikipedia help writing paper help with writing college application essay custom essay writer essay on old custom essay help sydney cheap essay service essay services reviews the help essay on racism hire essay writer custom research paper writing service essays on the movie the help best essay writing company the best custom essay writing service who can write my research paper essay writers needed essay help sydney buy a college paper online coursework project thesis statistics how to be a better essay writer english essay writing help best writing paper custom essay writing service toronto custom essay writing online where to buy college research papers coursework only degree best site to buy research papers help writing a argumentative essay Book Recommendations: Traditional or Not « Industry News « News « Beneath the Cover

Book Recommendations: Traditional or Not

Does your local newspaper carry book reviews?

Do you even read them if they happen to appear?

The answer to both is probably no.

Chances are you rely more on word-of-mouth and Internet browsing to come upon new works. Or you read blogs by favorite writers or entrepreneurs who might recommend something. Or you have your own platform, through which you’re building an audience for your own book, and you discover things through your interactions with your tribe.

In any event, new books no longer get much press in the traditional sense. And given that the Amazon review system has been plagued by rashes of manipulation here and there by fans or non-fans, and in any event isn’t very reliable as an indicator of whether a book is worth your time or not, a new website might help fill that gap in book recommendations.

The site is called Bookish, and although it’s supported by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA and Hachette Book Group, it will feature books from 16 other publishers, according to an announcement in The New York Times.

The site is still adding titles, but so far it’s easy to navigate and a good addition to what will surely be a growing number of sites devoted to book suggestions. There are many book-related blogs, and they’re fine if you like the blogger and share his or her point of view (or even like to be contrary with it). But this site seems to promise a more nuanced recommendation system, based on a member’s own recommendations. It will also have interviews and suggestions and articles from established authors, such as Michael Connolly.

But because this site is devoted to books published in the traditional manner, that is, by publishing houses, there’s a gap. That gap is self-published books. More and more, in our age of digital readers, people are willing to try self-published books. And now even Apple, which has its own bookstore, is going to feature recommendations for self-published books.  On its home page, the iBookstore will feature a section called “Breakout Books” and feature what Apple calls “emerging authors,” though of course, some self-published authors have already emerged and have decided to take publishing matters into their own hands.

In any event, while the Bookish site is a nice development – the iBookstore decision to focus on self-publishing is an even nicer one, and shows how profoundly publishing has changed. It’s great to have a site to recommend books. It’s even better though to have a site that recommends books of all sorts, no matter who published them.

How To Publish A Best Selling Book

Subscribe To Beneath The Cover's Blog

Join the many publishers and authors who already get their updates sent straight to their inbox. Enter your email address below:

  • Anonymous

    Sounds very intersting. I will check it out.