The Book Seer
is a new project by design, technology and marketing consultancy Apt Labs, which offers book lovers help with their reading choices.
HOW IT WORKS
Type in the author and title of the last book you read and in an instant you'll be furnished with recommendations from Amazon or literary social networking site LibraryThing.
Pleasingly, The Book Seer
also suggests that you check out your local bookshop or library and has links to peoplesnetwork.gov.uk
to help you do just that.
TRYING IT OUT
We put in The Music of Chance
and only got recommendations of other Paul Auster novels. Then we typed in Robert Service's Comrades
and were directed towards other recent works of history by Niall Ferguson, Orlando Figes and Simon Sebag Montefiore. When we tried Remains of the Day
Amazon recommended a few more books by Kazuo Ishiguro
, plus Midnight's Children
, A Room With A View
. We were intrigued by the recommendation of J.M. Coetzee's great novel. Although very different in subject matter, there is
something in the tone that matches the exquisite crystalline grace of Ishiguro's best novel. Perhaps the best thing about The Book Seer
will be the making of unexpected connections.
BLAME THE MACHINE
Blaming technology for all our woes is one of the joys of life, so if The Book Seer
suggests something you go on to dislike you will be able to enjoy screaming your disappointment at your computer. No more tiptoeing around your friend hoping not to upset them with your implicit suggestion that they have terrible taste in books.