Do you ever go to a library or bookstore and not have a clue about what book to look for? Well, here is help, from whichbook.net, and it’s really fun to use. On one screen you can choose the mood and length and other qualities (click on the above screen shot for an example), and you can even move the levers to choose the degree of your choices.
On the other screen you can choose elements of character, plot and setting:
Here I chose female, quest, Canada, and the database produced Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, one of my favourite books! Some facts about whichbook.net:
The books in the database are all fiction and poetry in paperback written in or translated into English and published since 1995.
Instead of starting from the overwhelming choice of books available, whichbook starts from the reader and enables each individual to build the elements of that elusive ‘good read’ we are all looking for but don’t quite know how to define.
The standard way of organising books for choice, on shelves in a library or a bookshop, or on the web, starts from the products available – the authors, titles, publishers or genres. Whichbook enables, for the first time, the choice of book to start from the individual reader and what they are looking for.
Whichbook is managed by Opening the Book Ltd, who founded the reader development movement in the UK and create reader-centred approaches to promoting literature.
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