This post in the Guardian notes that book recommendations “have been stuck in the star rut for a while – that is, the limited, scalar constraint of giving everything one to five stars.” But fear not, help is on the way.
Following a recommendation model pioneered by NetFlix “Scribd, … is the first bookseller to try out the microgenre approach, combining human ratings with algorithms to create its own niches like Novels for Art Lovers, Strangers in Strange Lands and On the Run from the Third Reich.” And they’re not the only ones. BookLamp, a company just acquired by Apple, is planning to do the same thing.
Will keeping up with all these new micro niches drive librarians and publishers crazy?
(Links to ATG Quirkies provided by John Riley of Gabriel Books)