Newly Launched IDreamBooks.com Tells You What's Worth Reading
What I love about the internet (besides cats and porn) is that if there's a need for something, somebody somewhere is going to sit down and create it. To put it more poetically, we turn to Vanilla Ice: "If there was a problem, yo, I'll solve it." Rahul Simha saw a problem: There were sites like RottenTomatoes.com and MetaCritic.com where he could go to see the average of film, television, and music reviews, but no such thing for books. So like the Ice Man, yo, he solved it. That solution is IDreamBooks.com, a site that launched publicly today.
The site aggregates reviews from critics to give each book a rating and corresponding icon. Books rated 70% positive or better get a blue smiley cloud icon; anything below that and it's frowny rain cloud time. The reviews come from established critics, and there's currently no way for the average user to add a book review. Based on some of the reviews on Amazon, maybe that's a good thing.
You can sort books by genre, rating, most-reviewed, or release date in order to discover the next item on your reading list. There's a demo video, but I'm not going to embed it because it's just screenshots of the site with John Mayer wailing on top. You can check out the site for yourself and see the same stuff sans Mayer. Play some adult contemporary while you browse if you're into that kind of thing.
IDreamBooks is brand-new, so I can forgive the fact that some genres don't have many books yet and that their back catalogue of older books isn't what it should be. It might be a handy way to find new authors.
Could you see yourself using this to find new reading material?
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