New eBook Discovery Site Retains Simplicity - and Anonymity

No Names, No Jackets: E-Book Discovery Site

Can’t decide what to read next? It’s a dilemma these days, particularly when there’s so much to choose from. Well, there’s a new site that may be able to help you choose.

Called No Names, No Jackets, the site’s a new take on book discoverability: there’s no social media involved, there are no glitzy (or not-so-glitzy) cover images, hell, there’s not even an author’s name to sway you with it’s weird spelling.

The idea is simple. The site is a list of sample chapters. No author names, no titles, no book jackets, no marketing blurbs or anything else. Just pure text. Because it’s a WordPress site, it displays perfectly on my tablet. (I know what I’ll be doing most evenings now.) You can specify genre or just browse through the archive. You can even select a random pick.

It’s still a bit limited, although since the article was written the chapter count has gone up to over 1,300. The process for an author to add their chapter is pretty easy, too, mainly involving registration, choosing the genre and pasting in the text. Simple.

Let me get this straight: I can’t favourite anything or tweet it or like it or anything else? No recommendations? What the hell? You mean I’ll have to decide for myself? How’s that going to work? Actually, it might work pretty well, stripping off the hype (and PR) a lot of books get via other media. Who knows? It might even take off. What do you think?

Dean Fetzer

News by Dean Fetzer

Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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C Patrick Neagle from Portland, Oregon is reading words, words, words June 28, 2013 - 6:54pm

I love the idea. I've wanted something like this for a while, I'll be using the heck out of this (both as a writer and as a reader).

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff June 29, 2013 - 2:10am


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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks June 29, 2013 - 6:38am

Great idea.