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I tell you what happens with me when I am looking for a good book to buy a friend: I have plenty of “booky” friends and that means they know what they want.
They attend book clubs, they know all the latest book releases and always talk about their favourite authors. Some of them go to book festivals, book signings and talks about books.
I am one of those annoying people who read a book in two months, get distracted, start another one at the same time which will take another two months to finish.
So my point is: I am the worst person to be asked how to choose a book for a friend, especially when my friends know so much more about books than I do!
For example, I wanted to buy I Am Malala for a friend on her birthday last year – but luckily I spotted that she already had it on her bookshelf. That’s the thing about bookworms, they are one step ahead of you!
So here’s the dilemma: how do you choose a good book for a friend?
My suggestion would be to look at her/his facebook profile: if you are lucky, your friend will have filled out the section on books they like with a few titles.
That will give you a good starting point.
You can do a search here on itcher for books similar to the ones on your friend’s list.
Even when you can’t find something straight away, you can always come back to this article and leave a comment asking for help!
But it gets better.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:
1. Look at what your friend already has on his/her bookshelf (and facebook profile!)
2. ASK your friend if she/he is planning to buy a book but can’t afford to/hasn’t got round to doing it yet
3. Ask the itcher community!
I would suggest that getting help from our friendly itcher community will get rid of all the hassle of searching for a good book once and for all.
How do you join the itcher community?
It’s simple: have a look at our demo video on itcher – the itcher app allows you to build your profile based on your preferences in books, movies, music and games.
Just enter the title of a book you like (or that your friend likes) and see a list of book recommendations from other users around the world in real time.
Buying for people who are “specialists” in their chosen field is very challenging.
Rare editions of books can cost a fortune, so how do you surprise a friend with something a bit different?
Why not try searching for independent authors on Smashwords?
You can search by ratings, most downloaded, best seller and of course by genre (from, say, antiques all the way to cooking, science fiction, sports and weddings).
For example, you may have absolutely no clue about your friend’s taste in books and there’s no way of finding out on time. Maybe you’re on your way to your friend’s birthday party and you still haven’t book him a book. The pressure is on!
How about a book on cooking, cocktails, flower arrangement, DIY or embroidery? Do you think that’s too easy? Well it all depends on how much you know your friend’s favourite hobbies, of course!
So here’s the thing: how about buying yourself a book to give yourself a boost? When you experience that feeling you will want to make other people feel in the same way.
For example, recently I bought myself Dale Carnegie‘s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Arianna Huffington‘s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
That felt really good!
As I mentioned earlier, if you need some suggestions for book titles by all means don’t be shy and leave a comment below: we’ll be happy to help you!