A Book Recommendation Engine, It’s About Time!

Posted on January 14, 2011


When I first heard about Pandora, I was amazed. A website that would play the music I love, then tell me what else I should listen to?  I’m pretty sure the creator should win the Nobel Prize.

Since my first time on Pandora I have discovered dozens of bands I had never heard of, and enjoyed countless hours of music.

However, I felt a void in my life.  If a website can recommend music, could it also recommend books?  For many years my hopes of such a thing were dashed.  Many websites have tried, but they all failed.  Until I found yournextread.com.

YourNextRead.com is a true recommendation engine for books.  All you have to do is type in a favorite book or author, and eight suggestions are instantly put on screen.  Curious about one? Click on the cover and instantly you can read a synopsis and a link is provided to buy the book from Amazon.com.  Once the cover has been clicked on one of the suggestions, a whole new set of suggestions appear.  You can spend hours following the chains of recommendations from one book.

The greatest part of the website though is how spot-on the recommendations are.  I typed in my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, and got tons of different recommendations, some of which I even found at my local library and have thoroughly enjoyed.  I just went and searched American Gods and found a book titled Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a book about a young man searching for the lost books of his favorite author.

I would highly recommend this website to any book lover.  It also works with games and movies as well, but I haven’t tired those features yet.  There is an option to save your searches and reference the trail you followed at a later time.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get lost in the book hunt!

Searching for books is always fun, no matter how you are doing it.

Posted in: Books, Uncategorized