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 categorizing books based on specific elements—but as I determined when I checked into it last November, [...]

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 they would be interested in based on user interests. BookBub intends to use the money to expand [...]

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 books to email subscribers. The company was launched in early 2012 by Josh Schanker and Nicholas [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 was introduced, and I decided to take another look at the site and see what it looks like. Booklamp [...]

Book Discoverability: Whose Problem Is It Anyway?

By Joanna Cabot
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 is. From the article: I agree…that there is an audience discovery problem for authors (and [...]

Click this title: College Humor runs clickbait covers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 pretty screwed up. But few weirder than this series of hilariously classic and popular book covers and [...]

The Book Elf: Another Attempt to Share E-Books

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Book Elf (cute name), and while they are starting out with public domain books, they say they’ll [...]

Are "new" books working Amazon's system?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
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 several years, how can it become a “hot, new release?” Sellers writes: “The newest trend [...]

Why the Failure of Books on Board Should Worry Authors

By Joanna Cabot
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 innovate and provide better customer experiences such as mobile browsing and more refined search [...]

Check out Book Bub, a great book recommending service

By Joanna Cabot
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: When you register (it’s free), you select from an offering of genres that interest you, and [...]

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 book in online stores, some still browse brick and mortar bookstores. Wouldn’t it be nice if [...]

Online tool looks to help authors distribute excerpts

By Susan Lulgjuraj
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 Publisher’s Portal hopes to jump in. It’s a Web-based company looking to distribute excerpts of [...]

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