An iPhone App for Book Recommendations is Waiting for You

Getting recommendations for good book titles is quite tricky: sometimes your friends rave about a look they love but they don't ask you about what you like.

How can you recommend a book without asking you first what genre you prefer?

You can try an app for book recommendations or ask your friends.


Get on the List!

Sometimes it's a good idea to write a list of books you love and that will give you an indication of where to start your search for the next book you'll read.

You can do that using a book recommendations app (iPhone or Android) – start the process by listing all the books you've enjoyed reading and then the app will match your choices with recommendations from users around the world.


Sharing is Caring

You never know what happens when you search for a book title – your preferences and reviews could also be helping others find that unmissable gem that normal retailers wouldn't be promoting.

You could find the new best-selling author by starting a word-of-mouth campaign.

You could be responsible for finding the new best-selling author by starting a word-of-mouth campaign.


Maggie & Me

To give you an example: I read Maggie & Me by Damian Barr, a charming Scottish author who was quite well-known in London because he hosts a series of upmarket events (Shoreditch Literary Salon).

The publication of his autobiography chronicling his eventful life as a teenager during the Thatcher years became a worldwide sensation. With Margaret Thatcher passing away in April 2013 and Maggie & Me having just been published, Damian Barr has now become one of the most popular authors in the UK.

I loved Maggie & Me for a number of reasons: it combines the struggles of someone that is not understood by society and a great sense of humour.

I loved Maggie & Me. It combines the struggles of someone that is not understood by society and a great sense of humour.

Damian is so brave to share his dramatic story and how he turned his life around. Violent and upsetting scenes of bullying and domestic violence in childhood and teenage years did not make him bitter later in life as an adult.

The book is also narrating events taking place in the 80s, one of my favourite eras. The book references to 80s' pop music and if it is ever going to be turned into a film it would have a fantastic soundtrack.

If you have an interest in either political history, gay culture or pop music, this book could be for you.


Get started

Are you ready to find the next best-seller before anyone else does?

Are you ready to find the next best-seller before anyone else does?

Or do you simply need someone to give you ideas on good book titles, look no further than itcher.


How to Find Rare Films? Finally the Answer You’ve Been Waiting For!

Wondering how to find rare films?

Have you ever heard of this Italian masterpiece of 354 minutes, by Marco Tullio Giordana, “The Best of Youth” (“La Meglio Gioventù” in Italian)? Or have you seen that Korean mystery thriller “Old Boy”? These are both excellent movies and yet, we barely heard of them when they got out – about 10 years ago only.

We are totally lost in an ocean of information and it’s becoming harder every day to find the answer we’re looking for

The internet continuous growth is supposed to make our lives (our specific researches anyway) easier; however its outcome is actually the opposite! We are totally lost in an ocean of information and it’s becoming harder every day to find the answer we’re looking for.

Sure the info is out there, but how to find it?


How to Find Rare Movies?

There’s the old times ways...

Unless you ask our good old friend Google “where can I find rare movies?” and spend useless hours browsing the web in vain for an answer, I see only 2 old school solutions for you …

You go from DVD stores to DVD stores, asking the sellers about their new discoveries, hoping that they do have new ones and that the movies are in stock. But to be honest, this method is on the road to ruin at a time where VOD explodes, and nobody wants to pay £15 for a movie they’re not sure they’ll enjoy and they’ll probably watch one time, so it’s just rude to ask advices to a seller and not buy from him...

So are we doomed to watch only Supermans, James Bonds or other blockbusters?? Fortunately no we’re not …

Another good old fashion style is to dissect the Time Out or others journals or radio shows to find rare and good movies. But let’s face it, unless you have all the time in the world to try all the movies they talk about, or unless there’s a cinema critic you absolutely trust, it’s really occasional to find a hidden gem!

So are we doomed to watch only Supermans, James Bonds or other blockbusters? Fortunately no we’re not …


And now there’s itcher!

The best way to find great rare films has always been, still is and will always be the word-of-mouth! Mentalities don’t change (on this matter) and that’s a good thing, but technology does and that’s an even better thing! Because now, this word-of-mouth has evolved, got up to date, is more efficient, is more accurate and is now called itcher!

Find and select from which mouth you want that word to come!

Because now, this word-of-mouth has evolved, got up to date, is more efficient, is more accurate and is now called itcher!

itcher is an app that works as a word-to-mouth platform. It’ll allow you to find rare (and great) movies instantly, whether you are comfortably at home or in the bus stuck in traffic jam or wherever you want …


How Does it Work?

All you have to do is enter your preferences, tell itcher which movies you loved and which one you hated, and it will take care of the rest! It will create your profile and put you in contact with people with similar interests

Sounds simple? It is, yet really efficient! And the beauty of it is that the more you use it, the more accurate your profile is and basically, the better it gets!

Give it a try!


How to Find Movies I Might Like? Try Itcher

How to find movies I might like?

Well, sometimes knowing what you want is tricky.

When it comes to movies, the choice is immense and all you want is to get a good recommendation for a nice movie to watch at home, feet up and drink/snacks in hand.

You may ask yourself questions like What do I like? What's trending? Where do I start? How do I search?

Let's face it, a generic search may come up with movies you really don't intend to watch (and never will). You could call a friend and ask, but how many movie buffs do you know? And do you share the same taste in movies?


How to Find a Movie I Like

How to find movies that you like is easier said than done.

Getting recommendations for movies is so much easier when real people can suggest titles for you instead of relying on a computer to do the work, but unless you are a super-networker with thousands of friends and contacts, it's quite a challenge to find real-time information on what to watch.

How to find movies that you like is easier said than done.

Say, for example, that you like the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

If you are a fan of that genre or of Meg Ryan (before she went a bit weird, remember her TV appearance on Parkinson?), you may have already seen Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, but now you want to find more similar movies to When Harry Met Sally.


“I'll have what she's having”

Do you remember the legendary phrase “I'll have what she's having” in the scene from When Harry Met Sally (if you haven't, it's worth watching!)?

If it's good enough for her, then it's good enough for me

If someone anywhere in the world likes the same films as you, they may have watched a movie you didn't know about and be able to recommend it to you. These recommendations will match your own personality and taste.

If it's good enough for her, then it's good enough for me

You may want to find something that is not a blockbuster – one of those small, independent films that only a few people know about.


Introducing itcher

itcher is a new recommendation engine for movies, music, books and games. What's different about itcher?

First of all, itcher is very easy to use.

itcher lets you discover more of what you love (books, music, films, games) through like-minded people. The ratings are all based on compatibility to match your own taste.

itcher is not just an engine: it's also a community.

itcher has one of the best user interfaces – it's very attractive. But itcher is not just a pretty (inter-)face: the results you get are a strong match to your preferences. It's because you want fast, accurate and relevant results that itcher was developed.

Also, if you want more than just movies, itcher will also give you ideas on music, books and games from like-minded people.

itcher is not just an engine: it's also a community.


Book Recommendation Search Engine On: Benefits of Reading More Books

If you're yet to use a book recommendation search engine like itcher, your reading life is about to be turned upside down (in a very good way!).

When you're a bookworm, reading is second nature.

Any moment spent without a book nearby feels odd, worryingly odd, and often you'll find yourself wondering when you can next slouch into your comfy chair and delve into a new book.

The only time your life as a bookworm can be problematic is when you feel as though you've run out of books to read.

Sometimes it's not even that there isn't enough books out there (there's plenty) it's just difficult to know which book to read.

And this, my fellow book lovers, is where itcher steps in.


What is itcher?

itcher is a recommendations app that gets to know what sort of books you like by allowing you to rate any books you've read. Simply rate 5 books whether you loved them or hated them, and itcher will spring into action.

From there, it's algorithm links you to like-minded people in order to generate community-powered recommendations.

And, because itcher's brain is incredibly clever, you'll find you love the books that are recommended to you.

Think of itcher as being like a friend who know your taste in books better than you do, always on hand ready to recommend something new.

Think of itcher as being like a friend who know your taste in books better than you do, always on hand ready to recommend something new.

Do I Have Time to Read More Books?

Of course you do!

Reading, even if only for 15 minutes, whisks you away from your everyday life into something much more compelling.

Reading, even if only for 15 minutes, whisks you away from your everyday life into something much more compelling.

We're not saying book life is better than real life (although sometimes it is), but taking half an hour out of your day to satisfy your literary appetite is beneficial in more than one way.


What Are the Benefits of Reading More Books?

Firstly, relaxation.

Relaxation time doesn't count if you're just flicking through tabs on your iPad.

Sure, it's some much needed down time, but sometimes we need to switch off in order to relax. More books to read means more relaxation.

You can't argue with that can you?

Another great thing about reading more books is the aquring of knowledge in the most bizarre topics. What it's like growing up with a chimp, what life was like during the wars, what it was like to grow up in the 1980s - books offer up so much niche, compelling knowledge.

John Green's 'Looking For Alaska', for example, will leave you with a catalogue of famous last words.

You never know how a book is going to educate you, but more often than not it does.

You never know how a book is going to educate you, but more often than not it does.

Not only that, but the more books you read, the more fun you'll have chatting to someone who also reads a lot of books. Chances are, you will have more common ground with the more bookish members of society and let's face it, those are the best people to talk to.


Okay, I'm Sold. I Want to Read More Books!

We knew you'd come round. Books are just too addictive!

Books are just too addictive!

Download the itcher app and enjoy all the extra reading!


Is There an App to Help Me Pick a Movie I’ll Love? Yes!

Today we're going to introduce you to an app that will help you pick a movie you love. The best part? The recommendations will be personalised to your taste.

Say goodbye to the hours you spend searching for a good movie and settle into a new way to discover movies...

Finally! An App to Help Find Movies

Wouldn’t it be great to always have great recommendations from people you trust, who have similar tastes in movies, and to never again be stuck in a cinema for hours, watching a boring film?

Wouldn’t it be great to always have great recommendations from people you trust... and to never again be stuck in a cinema watching a boring film?

Well, now it’s possible. Meet itcher!

This is a great app to help me pick a movie I'll love. itcher is available on iPhone and Android, and it helps you find the hidden gems of the movie world. Here are just a few of the benefits of using itcher...


3 Reasons itcher Will Improve Your Movie Watching Experience

itcher is revolutionising how people discover movies. Here are just 3 ways it improves your movie watching experience...


#1 Less Time Searching

Searching for a movie can be really stressful. How many times have you been looking for a film only to end up watching one you're only half happy with? itcher takes the irritation out of movie discovery!


#2 Rate More for Better Recommendations

One of the great things about itcher is the more you use the app, the more accurate your recommendations become! 


#3 Save Movies onto Lists

Never forget the name of a movie again! The ability to create lists in the itcher app means you can keep track of all the movies you're planning on watching. Have a hoard of all time classics? Create a list of all your favourite movies that you could watch over and over again.


The App You Need

Technology can indeed make our lives easier, without taking away the relationship between human beings.


How Do I Find Music Similar to What I Like?

The age old question: how do I find music similar to what I like?

Both mental and physical health can be improved with music. It’s a fact and really serious studies prove it! So let’s listen to music!

That being said, even without having to spend hours in a lab making neurological researches on anxiety or whatever, everyone knows the positive impact music can have, from his own experience! And one of the best momentums in music is the moment you discover a new song or artist and you love it.

However, it’s not the simplest task nowadays to find music like what I like considering, on one hand that 90% of the radios play the same 50 songs in a loop and that, on the other hand, the internet is overloaded with information.

The best momentums in music is the moment you discover a new song or artist and you love it

So, How to Find Music Similar to What I Like?

Let’s pretend here that we all know how great Last.fm, Jango or Pandora (for the lucky ones living in the US) are! Because indeed, they are pretty useful tools to find new artists or songs. I particularly enjoy Jango because from the moment you enter the artist you like, the algorithm selects and launches a playlist with similar artists. It’s quite similar to Pandora, maybe a little bit less accurate but you can use it from anywhere in the world, it’s less polluted by advertising and you can skip as many artists / songs as you want.

Anyway, my point here is that fortunately, these are not the only means to find music you like in our Web 2.0 World! Allow me to introduce … itcher!

Unlike the above mentioned sites, itcher is an app that links its users together based on their tastes in music and works as a word-of-mouth platform of recommendations. So instead of having a computer setting up a playlist for you, based only on one artist you selected, you have real people from all over the world, advising you on what you should or should not listen to.

itcher is an app that links its users together based on their tastes in music and works as a word-of-mouth platform of recommendations”

What’s also important to mention is that with Jango or Pandora, you have a playlist, which is great when you’re having some friends over and you don’t want to change music every 3 minutes or you want to relax and just set a mood. But you don’t necessarily have the reflex to check your laptop when a great song is playing, and therefore you don’t really keep track of it. itcher works differently. It recommends you to check this or this artist and tells you why … If you don’t like the latest suggestion, just tell itcher and you won’t get recommendations like that anymore. And of course if you like it, you’ll get plenty of them :)


And How Does it Work in Practice?

Just follow these steps to get started! You're gonna love it.

You first need to install itcher on your smartphone (obviously) and create an account. Then you’ll have to list and rate the music, songs, artists, you love, the ones you hate, the ones that are only OK etc. And then … that’s it! Then itcher connects you with like-minded people from all over the world and gives you your recommendations!

Keep in mind that your profile is built on your ratings, so basically, the more you use it, the more accurate the recommendations become and the better it gets …

Then itcher connects you with like-minded people from all over the world and gives you your recommendations!

So let’s listen to music and feel good guys!


itcher Will Recommend Music Based on Your Taste (No, Really)

If you usually rely on your friend to recommend music to you, you probably haven't heard of itcher. And, if you haven't come across itcher before, believe us when we say you are about to have your music loving mind blown.

Taste in music can vary so widely, it's almost impossible to predict what a friend of yours might like.

And, if you haven't come across itcher before, you are about to have your music loving mind blown.

You might have a rough idea, but it would be a real challenge to pick out ten artists that you're certain they'll love - it's just too difficult!


itcher Knows You and Your Taste

This is where itcher comes in.

An entertainment app that's ready and waiting to give you new music recommendations, itcher uses other music buffs to help determine your recommendations.

And the best part?

The recommendations are personalised.


The Addictive Notion of Rating

In order for itcher to get to know you, you first need to tell itcher what floats your musical boat.

Once you've downloaded the app (have you not downloaded it yet? Come on!) you can select browse in the top right hand corner and then select the orange music icon.

In order for itcher to get to know you, you first need to tell itcher what floats your musical boat.

Have a scroll through and rate any artists you've listened to before, whether you love them or not.

1 lightbulb is for the material you hate, while 5 lightbulbs should be for the artists you love so much you're willing to sing their song at the top of your lungs so loud all the neighbours can hear. You get the picture.


Rate Until Your Heart's Content

itcher only needs you to rate 5 artists before it's algorithm can kick start into action, but keep going if you want even more accurate recommendations.

Once you've rated your first 5, it's probably best to head over to the Recommendations tab and rate from there.

Rate and rate and rate and don't stop until your significant other threatens to leave you because you've spent too long deciding if Nirvana is a 4 lightbulb or 5 lightbulb band.


Your Recommendations are Here!

The more you rate the better your recommendations will become, and you'll be amazed by how quickly itcher gets to know you.

It's like speed dating only far more in depth, much less awkward, and not to mention using itcher doesn't usually end in going home and crying into a glass of red wine.


For When You're itching to Listen (Sorry)

Found an artist you can't wait to listen to? No problemo, use the itchlist feature to add all the artists you want to check out onto there and have a handy list of fresh new picks.

itcher is about to change the way you discover new music - go have fun with it!


Help Me Find Movies I Like: Finding a Good Match

"Help me find movies I like" I hear people ask.

Well... life is short. The last thing you want is to start watching a movie that is supposed to be good just to find out, say, ten minutes in, that all you want to do is to throw your remote at the TV screen.

Why waste your time on a bad movie?


Help Me Find a Film to Watch

In our constant search for something good to entertain us, we literally have to “kiss many frogs” before we find our “prince”.

When it comes to watching a good film, we rely on what movie critics say or what our friends can recommend for us. If you are watching a bad movie, no one will ever give back you those precious hours you invested!

A good movie, instead, will stay with you forever and if you really loved it you will watch it again and again.

A good movie, instead, will stay with you forever and if you really loved it you will watch it again and again.

For example, if I could, I would only watch films like Dead Poets Society. Why? That film was very inspiring as it taught me as a teenager to be an individual and pursue my dreams. I prefer films that are either inspiring or thought-provoking.

Some films can really shape the way you look at life and to me Dead Poets Society did that – ever since I have been on a quest to be my own self and also to find and nurture creativity in other people.


Help Me find a Film Rating

Opinions tend to vary and the same movie can attract polar opposite ratings. Taste is very personal and I find that when someone doesn't share my taste in movies it's difficult to listen to their recommendations.

Film ratings give you a combined average of various opinions so if a film is deemed to be very good by the majority of the voters and only a few disagree you are likely to want to see that movie.

My question to you would be: how much of a snob are you? Do you tend to agree with the most uptight movie critics who only appreciate impossibly complicated or abstract plot lines?

Or do you prefer to watch something that is considered very popular so you can discuss it with your friends?

Or do you prefer to watch something that is considered very popular so you can discuss it with your friends?

For example, yesterday I watched The Big Chill for the first time. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan in 1983 and starring Glenn Close and William Hurt among others, The Big Chill won a couple of awards and was nominated for 3 Oscars. The critics loved it and so did the general public as it resonated with the anxieties and dashed hopes of thirty-somethings in the 80s after the heady days of the late 1960s/early 1970s.


Enter itcher

To me the film is rather narcissistic but I can understand why it was well received by movie critics as it's arty enough to be a bit aloof.

I prefer to look at what other people think of a movie, what emotions it triggered and have a bit of conversation – the critics are more than welcome to continue staying in their ivory towers!

And that's where itcher comes in.


The Easiest Way to Find Music Like Another Artist You Like

I usually have www.radioparadise.com on while I am working, as it has the best playlists out there and covers a lot of eras and genres. Often I'll hear something I really dig and think to myself: “How can I find music like another artist I listen to?”

Sure, I can spend a few minutes perusing Google only to find myself getting pissed off with people making suggestions I don't agree with: In all seriousness, the MTV website tried to convince me Garbage sounds similar to Tori Amos.


Get With the Program

There’s an app for everything these days: finding a taxi in your area, checking the constellations, dog whistles - so why wouldn't there be one to help you find music similar to other music you're into? There already is one!

The itcher app will help you find the type of music you are looking for without fuss.

Filled with great articles, reviews and recommendations, itcher is just the app to get you out of your musical rut and introduce you to more bands that fit your style.

With the vast amount of music and bands housing the internet, it can be really hard to filter out exactly what you want; chances are you will have to scroll and click through pages and pages of useless info before finally stumbling upon something good.

The itcher app will help you find the type of music you are looking for without fuss.

Not with itcher – go through the music and song recommendations of friends and family and read through great articles covering all genres from the very comfort of your own phone.


A Whole World of Music to Explore

If you’re listening to The Red Hot Chili Peppers for the upteenth time and are finding yourself singing their songs in your sleep, its probably about time you step it up a little. You can find music similar to other artists like the chili peppers by using itcher without further frustration.

The itcher app offers thousands of suggestions for every possible genre: everything from rock, pop, 80's hair bands, jazz and hip hop to progressive rock, alternative and Indie music.

The itcher app offers thousands of suggestions for every possible genre

If you think your taste is too eccentric for the likes of itcher you are wrong – this app knows even the weirdest of bands like The Raincoats or Captain Beefheart and will bless you with plenty of suggestions when you are trying to find music like another band you're a fan of.


Get Cracking

Now that there´s really no more excuse, why not get cracking? Think about all your favourite bands and their best songs and put itcher to the test: You´ll be guaranteed to find music like songs from your most-listened-to albums.

This app is all about aiding you in opening a whole new spectrum of music and movies to you. If you´re a die hard Nirvana fan, itcher will help you find more bands from that era and in that style.

Let me know what you discovered on your first itcher cruise!


Website for Book Recommendations: 5 Must Reads From Different Genres

​Hi, we're itcher.

itcher is the only website for book recommendations you need. Simply rate 5 of your favourite (or least favourite) books and unlock a whole world of new reads.

Today we're going to introduce you to 5 great books from different genres, because who says you always have to read the same type of book?

Our advice?

Try something new!

1. Horror

Recommended reading: The Shining by Stephen King

If you thought horror movies were scary, you're in for a surprise with horror fiction. A book can haunt you in ways you never could imagine, because it's all happening inside your head. Is it any wonder Joey wanted to freeze his copy?

If you're going to do horror fiction, this is the place to start. Terrifying but classic, The Shining will have you quivering in your seat.


2. Historical

Recommended reading: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Historical fiction can often be difficult to get your teeth stuck into, mosty because lots of it is considered boring to the untrained eye.

Delve into the world of history books by starting with this children's novel which covers the harrowing events from the Holocaust from a child's perspective.


3. Chick Lit

Recommended reading: The Bridget Jones Series by Helen Fielding

Queen of unsophisticated relateability, Bridget Jones represents everything it is to be a woman in the most despairing of moments. Chick lit begins and ends with Jones, so familiarise yourself with the character who stands out in this genre far and above the others.


4. Career

Recommended reading: Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestly

So many career books are motivational speeches about how 'you can do it if you really try!' and the like. Oversubscribed offers some practical and applicable advice on how you can create a business that is in incredibly high demand - a business that is oversubscribed.

Perfect to read in one weekend, this book is great for anyone who works in a business or is thinking of setting up their own.


5. SciFi

Recommended reading: The Humans by Matt Haig

Never has there been such an accessibly science fiction novel on the shelf. The Humans is a quirky take on the science fiction genre, with an alien finding himself on Earth and discovering what it means to be human.

Warming, charming and brilliantly written, The Humans will remain with you for weeks after finishing it.


New Genres, New Tastes

There is no end of fantastic literature out there, so take advantage by trying out a new genre and broadening your taste.

The great thing is you can keep track of all your favourite books on the itcher app and you'll be recommended new reads based on your ratings of other books - clever, right?

Get reading!