“What Should I Read Next?” Is Always A Good Question

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What Do you do when you finish reading an interesting book? Isn’t it true that you kind of feel both happy and sad because it is over? It is like watching a very good movie. When you know that it is coming to an end you periodically look at the watch to find out how much pleasure in time you are going to have.



Here is what. When you finish reading a good book, you can feel sad but you can also use this great tool called “What Should I Read Next” … Well, the name speaks for itself and quite self-explanatory. But for those who do not see the value it is an absolutely nifty tool to find out what book is recommended to you to pick in the similar genre that you might love as well.

Let’s take an example.

I went on Google and searched for a term “most read books”. I clicked on the first result e.g. ‘BBC - The Big Read Top 100 Books’. Even though this study is based on the British readers, it does not matter because I just want to show you how this works. So, the first book I saw in the list was “The Lord of the Rings”.

Next, we go the WhatShouldIReadNext.com, type this title in the Title text field (if you don’t know the author’s name, it is ok, you can still find a book in most cases). Press “What Should I Read Next” button, and it will take you to the list of recommended books based on the same genre recommended by other readers. It would be something like that:

Our Recommendations

These are our suggestions based on readers’ recommendations.

The Two Towers - hardback - J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee See Amazon UK | US
The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien, Brian Sibley, Ian Holm, Michael Hordern See Amazon UK | US

And so on …

Isn’t that beautiful? Now before you go to a bookstore you can have an opportunity to find similar literature in a matter of seconds.

By the way, you can explore this tool trying out your specific genre be it Self-help department, Science, Astrology you name it. So go ahead and explore this tool and write me your comments on what you think about the tool.

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6 Responses to ““What Should I Read Next?” Is Always A Good Question”

  1. PetalNo Gravatar says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Hey, I think its a good idea, I’ve tried the images tool to speed up my research time on the internet and it works amazingly. I think this is also quite useful with only one drawback, that the books are not available not even in extracts for a free read on the net or in pdf.

  2. VladimirChenNo Gravatar says:

    October 3rd, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Petal, thanks I am glad you like the image tool too. Yes, there is a drawback … or I would call it the next step ;) once you know what literature you need you can check out different public and online libraries.

    Well let’s think together … here is the list of some online libraries you can try (keep in mind though that to access many of these online library databases you will need to go through your university library or else you won’t be able to access much but the public area, where you will find much less data). For example:

    - Asia Portal – ELIN&NIAS http://www.asiaportal.info/
    - EBSCOHOST Research Databases http://www.ebscohost.com/
    - The ACM Digital Library http://portal.acm.org/dl.cfm
    - Blackwell Reference Online http://www.blackwellreference.com
    - Blackwell-Synergy http://www.blackwell-synergy.com
    - Emerald http://www.emeraldinsight.com
    - Encyclopedia Britannica Online http://www.britannica.com/
    - JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/
    - Sage Journals Online http://online.sagepub.com/
    - ScienceDirect http://www.sciencedirect.com/
    - SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.de
    - Oxford Journals http://www.oxfordjournals.org

    But again, once you know what books you need that’s a half job done. With the tool above, first get inspiration, then seek the material in those libraries. In most cases, scientific publications do a better justice, which is why checking out specialized online portals is in 85% better than bookstores.

  3. YesidNo Gravatar says:

    October 4th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Here some comments according to my expererince…. After I read the news in this blog, immediately went to the site and………..ANGELS AND DEMONDS By Dan Brown IS NOT FOUND THERE…….. this is too bad. Moreover, the page is a bit slow and also goes down kinda frequently, some times you receive the “Did you mean………” warning, which you cannot read completely so you can be “clicking” something different …. I read somewhere a couple years ago that The Da Vinci By Dan Brown and The Eight By Katherine Neville are tightly related and must be read one after the other (Do not remember the order), which I did and I enjoyed them so much. This match does not appear there. I think it would also be useful to have the name of the book you entered in the results page. I do not like the registration part either…people in general do not like to spend time in registrations for something that will not be used everyday… if they wanna increase and improve the “matches found”, they should apply what google is doing at the moment, which is great and do not requiere any registration.
    Anyway, I think the idea is nice and very creative. However, I see this in a kinda “baby” stage.

  4. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    October 4th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Yesid, I just went to the site and typed in “Angles and Demons” in the Title field only and it does show the book title (though with “Did you mean: Angels and Demons - Dan Brown”)… I guess the reason why you saw “Not Found …” is because you had a typo (i.e. Demon’d’s) extra ‘D’ … but I do think that in this case the system could provide something like “Did you mean Angles and Demons?” even if one made a spelling mistake. As far as the author text field is concerned when I typed both the title and author’s name I could immediately see the results (http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/books/search/recommend?asin=0552150738&rid=4198185&media=book&). Yes, I can see this tool as a source of inspiration .. of course when I get to see the recommended books I would not go straight and get them. Hack not! I would first go to Amazon Reviews and see what others have to say about them. If I feel like it is something for me, then I would give a shot. But I definitely see it as a nice tool! Thanks Vladimir!

  5. AyaNo Gravatar says:

    October 8th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I use this tool for a long time. I don’t understand what is original about it? It is not that innovative, Amazon does it always. Whenever you search for one book, it puts out a list of similar books or the most read books. So don’t invent the wheel again…Good luck to everybody..

  6. Xinyan YiNo Gravatar says:

    October 10th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Great discussion. My follow-up may be a little bit off the topic. It seems to me that WhatShouldIReadNext.com is a web service application. It is a new wave of internet innovation starting a few years ago. It organizes various sources of databases and present the informationi in a way WhatShouldIReadNext.com. does. Now, internet vendors like Amazon.com, Best Buy, and Circuit City, allow web service providers to access certain amount of their database. And then, the web-service provider organizes information from various internet vendors to present to the users. http://www.pricegrabber.com/ has the same idea as WhatShouldIReadNext.com. It access the price and other info for products like laptop from Best Buy, Circuit City, etc, and facilitate a list of info to us. So we can make easy choice. http://www.priceline.com/ does it well in travelling. Have fun. Vla, interested in facilitate all the web service applications into a platform (portal) related to all the areas in our daily life? Maybe there has already been one (just I don’t know yet).

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