idre.am – A New Way To Discover Books

Posted on 06/18/2012 in Promo / 8 Comments

I was recently approached about a new book critic site called idre.am, where readers can find opinions on books.  Initially, like many of you are probably thinking, I thought to myself, “But we already have Goodreads…and Shelfari.”   Not to mention the hosts of others.  How can another website compare to powerhouses like those?

idre.am isn’t like other book review sites.  Instead of all users rating every book, the site aggregates reviews from professional publications, as well as book bloggers who have been selected as critics, directing site traffic back to the original review posts for that particular book (which I love).  Book ratings are shown on the front page in a percentage, rather than star rankings and when you hover over the book, you are offered the option to be taken to critic reviews.  It’s very simple and clean:

 

What does this mean for readers?  There’s less opportunity for authors and readers to game the system by voting down (or up) books because of a personal agenda and more opportunity to find quality reviews on books you are interested in reading.

Sound like something you’re interested in?  I was.  So I signed up and requested to become a book critic.  If you would like exclusive access to this (it’s currently in beta right now), use the access code “discover_books”.    And come back here to tell me what you think.  I think this will be another great way to discover books.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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8 responses to “idre.am – A New Way To Discover Books

  1. This is a really interesting idea for a website! I mean, we *do* have goodreads, but there is a lot of drama there. And I don’t much care for the hidden agendas of authors and fans who vote up books that don’t really deserve all the stars. I truly look forward to this website. Thanks for writing about it (and congrats on becoming an approved critic!)
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    • There is SO much drama on GR, it borders on ridiculous. This is such a clean website, and critics submit it simply with a positive or negative feedback. It’s sort of like a pass/fail system in some college courses. Either you liked the book or you didn’t, and this site makes you force yourself to think of a book that way and give your recommendation.

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