Apple bought, shuttered book recommender Booklamp in April

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

MacRumors reports that Apple bought and shut down book-recommendation service Booklamp back in April. Booklamp was intended to be a sort of “Pandora for Books”—it used a similar system of [...]

Novelry looks to be the online bookstore when it comes to discoverability

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the kind of book you want. Without a title or an author, searching by topics isn’t as easy as it should be online – not as easy browsing the shelves at a bookstore or a library. Digital start up Novelry is hoping to make that easier. [...]

BookBub secures funding to expand internationally

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

BookBub has raised $3.8 million in Series A funding, the company announced on Thursday. BookBub is an e-book recommendation service, sending daily emails to its members with a list of books it thinks [...]

BookBub offers readers a way to discover books through email

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

With ebooks as a popular medium for readers and writers, there has to be a way to wade through the noise to find the books you want to read. BookBub looks to be that middleman by promoting discounted [...]

Booklamp and discoverability: Nice try, but still has serious shortcomings

By libertyc
November 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

A random comment on an IRC channel today recalled my attention to Booklamp, and the Book Genome Project, which we’ve mentioned a few times in years gone by. It’s been a couple of years since it [...]

Book Discoverability: Whose Problem Is It Anyway?

By libertyc
November 21, 2013 // 10 Comments

I just discovered a blog called Bookavore, which published a great little essay this week. The topic was ‘book discoverability’ and Bookavore wonders just how big a problem this really [...]

Click this title: College Humor runs clickbait covers

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As someone who has to struggle daily with the distortions, constraints, and outright weirdness of search engine optimization for article headlines, I can tell you that the results can sometimes be [...]

The Book Elf: Another Attempt to Share E-Books

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 5 Comments

Ah, will it never cease? Darn you readers for wanting to treat e-books like paper books, and wanting to actually share them! So, yet another e-book sharing method is coming. It’s called The [...]

Are "new" books working Amazon's system?

By libertyc
April 15, 2013 // 4 Comments

L.J. Sellers has picked up on a trend on Amazon. The novelist who writes for the Crime Fiction Collective blog noticed old books popping up on lists for new releases. If the book has been out for [...]

Why the Failure of Books on Board Should Worry Authors

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 2 Comments

In today’s Morning Links was a great essay from Michael Kozlowski on the ‘death’ of the indie e-bookstore. Books on Board was killed by the agency pricing model, and a failure to [...]

Check out Book Bub, a great book recommending service

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

On the advice of a TeleRead commenter, I’ve spent the last two weeks trying out a book recommending service called Book Bub. So far, I’m enjoying it. Book Bub’s premise is simple: [...]

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture

By Brian Howard
March 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

While it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. [...]

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery

By libertyc
March 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

E-book discovery by readers has been much in the news lately, and it’s definitely an issue for authors, especially those who are self-published. While readers continue to find their next great [...]

Weekend Reading Roundup — Is book discovery only a problem for publishers?

By Dan Eldridge
February 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s the problem with publishers’ book discovery problem (Paid Content) Why Stephen King was wrong to publish ‘Guns’ as a Kindle Single (NY Daily News) Amazon to Investigate [...]

Online tool looks to help authors distribute excerpts

By libertyc
February 14, 2013 // 2 Comments

The book is written. It’s for sale on your website, on Amazon, or wherever you think people will look. So, how do you get people to buy? Getting through the noise can be difficult. That’s where [...]

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