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Our Website Recommends Books Based on Other Books You Like

Paola_Bassanese_itcher_contributorAre you sitting comfortably? Good! Soon you’ll be reading the next best book you’ve ever read. How do I know that? I’ve got a website suggestion to help you find a book you will love. ~ Paola Bassanese

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MEET ITCHER

Ahh… holidays. You’re sitting on your beach towel  reading a novel and sipping a cocktail. You’re almost at the end of a book you absolutely adored.

toppic_books_2It was a real page-turner. Its dog-eared beauty will now lay at the bottom of your suitcase.

But wait… you’re at home! And you have finished your book. What next?

First of All Do You Know What You Are Looking for?

What if you bought a book and didn’t like it?

toppic_any_2It’s all well and good to know what you want – you simply go and buy it or borrow it.

But if you are struggling to find a good book and you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice there is out there, what do you do?

At the start of the year, major newspapers will run stories about which books they predict will be big later in the year.

Do you like browsing through these predictions of future best sellers?

Do you trust a computer to do all the work?

Sure, Amazon can recommend books based on what you have purchased before, but what if you bought a book and didn’t like it?

Knowing What You Don’t Like Is Just as Important as Knowing What You Do Like

There are days when you really don’t know what you feel like reading, but you know for sure that you don’t fancy reading

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Here’s the deal-breaker: you bought a book but you didn’t like it.

How do you tell a recommendation engine that?

Also, what mood are you in and are you willing to go off the beaten track to find a good book?

There are days when you really don’t know what you feel like reading, but you know for sure that you don’t fancy reading, say, a romantic novel.

That’s fine – so now, how do you narrow your options?

You could go to your local bookshop and ask the shop assistant for suggestions – you can even find tiny handwritten notes stuck between books displayed on bookshelves with “top picks” from the staff.

Searching for Unforgettable Books

The endorphins high you get as soon as you’ve finished a great book is addictive

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Unique, unforgettable books are obviously hard to find

The endorphins high you get as soon as you’ve finished a great book is addictive and you want to feed your addiction!

How do you search for unforgettable books?

You could:

– post a facebook/twitter/Google+ update asking for recommendations
– have a browse in your local library and ask someone at the desk for their personal recommendations
– browse through various Listmania lists to see what’s out there

If these steps don’t get you the expected results, maybe because you really like 16th century Japan short stories mixed with 25th century intergalactic travel, what can you try next?

A Website That Recommends Books Based on Taste

What you really need is a place where you can build a profile of your likes and dislikes and gives you a list of titles that match your personal taste

toppic_any_3Is there a site that recommends books based on what you’ve read and loved?

Let’s see: out of the plenty of book recommendation platforms, what you really need is a place where you can build a profile of your likes and dislikes and gives you a list of titles that match your personal taste.

In most cases, websites will list books you might like based on titles you enjoyed reading before.

With itcher, not only you will get a list of books to read based on what you liked before; the results take into account what you don’t like and also what other people who like similar books have enjoyed reading.

itcher can help you:

– exclude what you don’t like
– list books you will like
– get you talking with people with similar interests

Nice one, itcher!

I am Paola Bassanese, and I love twitter – I think in slogans! I am a contributing author at itcher mag covering mainly quirky movies that I like and that I hope you′ll like too. [n-e-x-t] I have written a few books including The Foraging Home Cook, and also write about health and lifestyle for the Huffington Post. I consider myself to be a Londoner even though I was born in Italy. I love 80s music and foreign language films, but I also enjoy going to the opera and ballet.
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