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.