Taking a Bite out of Amazon, Goodreads

shutterstock_97357163A new book discovery start-up wants to challenge Amazon and Goodreads – when it comes to helping readers find good books and when it comes to giving publishers data they can use to sell more books.
Bookvibe, a project from data start-up Parakweet, aggregates book recommendations from users’ Twitter feeds. It doesn’t require you to buy anything or sign up for a new social networking service. For publishers and authors, Bookvibe searches the social Web to give them intelligence about who is reading their books, what they think of them and so on.
New book discovery is not really a problem for readers. For new authors and publishers, it’s a huge problem. Perhaps an even bigger problem? A dearth of data from the big ebook retailers on who their readers are and what they want. While the former problems of discovery may be made up or intractable, when it comes to reader data, that’s a real problem that can be solved.
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