How do you decide what to read and what not to read? The decision might be influenced by past books that have been read (e.g. from the same author or same topic), friend, colleague or magazine recommendations, advertisements, related books that are shown on shopping sites or by simply stumbling upon interesting books online or in a book store.
What Should I Read Next is an online service that can suggest new books to read from a single book title entered into the form on the service’s website. The book recommendation service works with book titles and ISBN.
If the book title is not precise enough a list of possible matches is displayed of which one needs to be selected by the user of the recommendation service.
This will then lead to the loading of the result’s page that lists book authors and titles that are related to the book entered.
It is obviously difficulty to judge a book by its author and title alone. The service links to the book’s pages at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk where the site visitor can get additional information about the selected book. This is without doubt linked to an Amazon affiliate account.
It would have been nice of the service would provide a short description of each title in the results which would make the selection process easier.
The results are not always that related. If you search for the Holy Bible for instance you are presented with results that include stories by Edgar Allan Por or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which are not related to the search.
What Should I Read Next might still be an interesting service for some users who have enough time to look through the result’s listing.
A similar service is Taste Kid which is not limited to books but provides recommendations for music and movies as well.
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