For most readers, finding the next book they want to read isn’t a big problem. The median amount of books read by people in the U.S. who do read books (not everyone does) is six or seven. So, when choosing that next bi-monthly book, it’s whatever is on the best-seller list or catches the eye on Twitter.
But for some readers – power readers – who read hundreds of books a year, finding that next great book is a daily challenge. That’s why we had one power reader try out over 20 book recommendation platforms – from Amazon to Riffle and back – to see which ones suited her needs best.
Amazon, Bookish and others got high marks. Many you might expect to did not. Which book recommendation site did she rate No. 1?
Click here to find out.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Revenue and Profits Down at Barnes & Noble in First Quarter (DBW)
Revenue at the Nook Media division was down about 20%, with both device and content sales suffering. The silver lining? We’re struggling to find one. To make matters worse, chairman Len Riggio withdrew his application to acquire the retail business. Yesterday’s investor call was reportedly a “train wreck.” The share price tumbled.
Nook: Where Are We Now? (WSJ)
Barnes & Noble is still generating big revenue from its Nook business, even if that revenue is losing money. Riggio’s pulling out of his bid to buy the retail stores may offer a clue: Is B&N winding down the Nook business?
Speaking of Discovery… (Pub Lunch)
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Indie Authors Use Preorders to Juice Sales (HuffPo)
According to Smashwords founder Mark Coker, indie authors are getting even more sophisticated with their sales and marketing efforts, using preordering capabilities at ebook retailers to build early sales and get on best-seller lists.
Another Reason Everyone Will Publish Ebooks (Search Engine Journal)
According to Search Engine Journal, business owners can build their search engine profile with ebooks. It’s just another reason that soon everyone will be publishing ebooks – it’s soon to be as common as blogging and social media. Not EVERYONE will do it – but almost everyone will.
Publisher Launches Bundling (PW)
Publishers Weekly claims that PW Press in Oakland, Calif. is the first book publisher to bundle free ebooks with every print book its readers buy. This is an idea that has been long discussed.
Russian Device Maker Launching New E-Readers (The Digital Reader)
Perhaps in a nod to the growing Russian ebook market, device maker Qumo is releasing three new e-readers to the Russian market.
Spotify for Ebooks Sighted in Brazil, Argentina (The Digital Reader)
Nuvem de Livros, a subscription service for ebooks, claims that it has 1 million users and it owes its success to student adoption.
Personalization Gets Big Partner (DBW)
Sourcebooks’s children’s book personalization platform has landed its first big publisher partner. Macmillan will be experimenting with one of its titles.
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