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Books are wonderful things. They can be filled with information and tell you about current events or they can be fictional and tell of adventures.
But what happens when you finish that perfect book only to look upon your shelf and find that you have no more new books to read? Oh, the horror!
Well, here comes the web to your rescue. Today, we will be looking at just 4 sites where you can conduct a book search by plot and find your next perfect book.
WhichBook is a mood-oriented book suggesting web app for those special occasions when you need just the right book for just the right mood.
Upon visiting the homepage, users are visited by 12 different mood based options that you can slide to either side to receive books that match your tastes. For example, you can search for books that are somewhat happy (closer to the happy side) although very serious, and unpredictable, then receive hundreds of books that match exactly your taste.
Booklamp is a slightly more sophisticated version of Whichbook with a very in-depth study for each book, making new book “matches” for users very effective.
Upon completing the simple sign up process, users are given the option to view their book matches, use the forums, or suggest books to be reviewed. Upon selecting the option to view your book matches, it offers a very thorough book search by plot – booklamp will give you a list of approximately 500+ books currently in the database and a descriptive look at each, including the number of words, number of scenes, as well as the scale and intensity of the dialog, description, action, density, and pacing for each scene throughout the entire book, then pair it with other books based on the same characteristics and give you a scale as to how closely other books relate (e.g. 98.7%).
The only downside to Booklamp at this time is the limited number of books in the library, although it does cover many classics and popular fiction novels, including 1984 by George Orwell, Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton and many others. In any case, Booklamp is definitely one to watch.
WhatShouldIReadNext? is a simple web app that gives users recommendations based on other user’s loved books. For example, a search for 1984 by George Orwell would bring up recommendations including, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley among others. And although it certainly is not perfect, WhatShouldIReadNext? is a simple way to find the next best book on the spot.
LibraryThing’s Book Suggester does exactly what you would expect, suggest books; fortunately extraordinarily well. Upon visiting the home page, users are given the option to search using the “Book Suggestor” or the somewhat unconventional “Book Unsuggester.” Searching using the standard Book Suggesting feature, LibraryThing gives users a list of up to 200+ books that match the search term and then give a list of 20 of the most relevant and related titles based on the over 40 million books in LibraryThing’s user submitted database.
If you are feeling adventurous and decide to try LibraryThing’s “Book Unsuggester,” simply search for a book you own or enjoy and LibraryThing will show you the least likely to be related books and those you would be better off staying away from in the library.
What if there’s a book you know you want to read (or re-read) but can’t remember the author or title? Thankfully there are plenty of tools you can use to find a book without knowing the title or author.
What do you use to find the next best book? Tell us in the comments!
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