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Intelligent Book Recommendation Engine

Published 02/23/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for? is a reading tool intended to help internet users find their next good read based on personal preferences and the books the user has already read. The site is essentially Pandora Radio for books. The user can enter an author name or book title and searches by comparing the content of related books. The site shows users titles that have similar themes or writing styles. The beauty of is that the site pays no attention to which titles are the most advertised. The site works purely on content. The user receives an unbiased list of recommendations based on what they read rather than what advertisers want them to read. Users can save books to a reading list and search by book DNA. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was founded in February of 2007. The website is intended to help internet users find good books based on their personal preferences and favorite books rather than what’s popular among advertisers. The site currently holds a lot of promise, but still needs some of the kinks ironed out. The site only covers a limited number of book titles and authors, but the database is growing as the project expands.

What are the differences to other apps? is an interesting application for users because it provides detailed recommendations based on the user’s reading habits and nothing else. Visitors can search for books by author or title or browse a list of books by StoryDNA. The site provides users with many search options, none of which include anything related to advertising or bestseller lists. This gives the user an unbiased list of book recommendations.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?’s website has a friendly design that welcomes new users to come and see what they might want to read. The site’s header includes detailed scenes featuring piles of books and a shining desk lamp that changes with the season. Stylish icons and smaller font sizes are found throughout, giving the site a little personality while keeping the design modern and visually stimulating. The search tool is found right on the top of the homepage and includes a handful of links that the user may have to take a moment to explore.

How does the registration process work?

A visitor can search for books on without an account. Those who would like to save reading lists and take advantage of other features can register for an account. To begin, a new user can click the blue “Register” link in the upper, left hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box asks the user to provide an email address and password. A blue and white “Facebook” button is also available for those who prefer to sign up with their Facebook account. The user is advised that they must check their inbox for an activation link. This must be clicked to login for the first time.

What does it cost to use the application? is available to all users for free. Visitors can search without registering. The free price is right where it should be for the service offered by the site. The book searching options are sophisticated, but not really something most internet user would be willing to shell out cash for. The site also needs to make a few improvements to work out the kinks in its system. Overall, users receive a great value for the attractive price of free.

Who would you recommend the application to? is a great resource for anyone who enjoys reading. Casual and frequent readers can find book recommendations based on the titles they have already enjoyed. The site is relatively easy to learn and offers a few ways to seek out new books and authors. Although has a long way to go to grow its library and search capabilities, it offers a new, interesting way to find book recommendations online.

  • Users can register with an existing Facebook account
  • Books can be searched by title, author or genre
  • StoryDNA provides categories to help users find good books
  • Registered users can create reading lists
  • Popular titles are highlighted on the homepage along with stats

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