Have you ever finished a book and wondered what you would read next? Do you need to find some books to take away on holiday?
Here are five websites to help you find the right book to read, and they’re all free to use.
GoodReads is without doubt the largest book site designed for readers and authors. There are 1.5 billion books and over 50 million reviews. It takes a little while to find all of the features this incredible site offers - giveaways, group discussion boards, author and reviewer blogs, reading challenges, author pages, and books, books, and more books. And that’s only the beginning.
I use Goodreads regularly and I think the sheer number of reviews is one of the best features of the site. Anyone can search for a book by author or genre, see what others think about it, and there are links to where it can be purchased. You can also have your own ‘shelves’ to help sort your books into whatever categories you want.
GoodReads is well worth checking out, even if you only read a couple of books a year.
Library thing is similar to GoodReads, thought quite smaller, and is more focussed on the books. You can have your own catalogue and connect with others who have a similar taste in the reading.
This is a site that I found fun to play with! It takes the criteria you set and finds books that might interest you.
On the main page you are given a list of different criteria to select from. You can select up to four difference criterions to search at a time. You select a criterion and then set the arrow on the sliding scale to match your preference. When your criterion is complete, you then click GO, and books matching your choices are displayed.
I think I’ll be using this site in the future!
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This site openly admits they are paid to advertise the books you see. There is one important thing to remember though - they only accept books they have read and enjoy. It’s like being in a bookstore and seeing the cards the employees put on the shelf ‘Joan recommends this’.
The number of books listed is limited, but you can be assured they are quality.
BookBub listed free and discounted EBooks. You can join their mailing list and be notified of listings that match your interests, which you nominate when you set up your account. You can also nominate how frequently you receive the emails, which I found helpful (I don’t like daily emails urging me to download/buy).
There’s only one thing I would note with using BookBub - check the book out before you download it. I’ve thought a few sounded good, but changed my mind when I read some of the reviews. I find this a little strange as BookBub is known in Indie author circles as the Holy Grail of promotion. It’s hard to get a book listed as they have a strict criteria, and it costs A LOT, but there’s no doubt that some…er… interesting selections make it through.
So, there you have it; 5 websites to help you find a good book to read.
Do you use any others? Let me know.
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