Thursday, July 12, 2012

Idreambooks.com assembles multiple book reviews in one place

One of the biggest problems facing publishers and writers is getting readers to discover their books. Appnewser reports that a new site, Idreambooks.com, is bringing the movie review model of Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic to books. Idreambooks aggregates reviews from professional book reviewers and book bloggers, and recommends titles that get at least a 70% positive review.

The one thing that Idreambooks doesn't do that the other sites do is give users the ability to differentiate between reviewers. Rotten Tomatoes, for example, enables users to see reviews only from top critics (those from major media outlets) with a single click. Metacritic gives additional ways to sort critics. Idreambooks, however, gives equal weight to reviews from any source. For now, it's fairly easy for users who click through to differentiate between reviews, but in the future, with more titles and more reviews, it will become harder for users to separate the wheat from the chaff.
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