When you think about your favorite book, chances are you’d love to find another one just like it. You’d relish a recommendation of a similar quality book in the same genre that could quickly become your new favorite.
You could ask your friends, post a question on Facebook or crowd-source the query on Twitter.
Or you could visit The Book Seer.
What Is The Book Seer?
The Book Seer is a free website that uses Amazon’s algorithms to help you find books you might like based on books you like. The site is extremely simple, you can find recommendations in just two steps.
The Book Seer asks you for the title and author of a book then provides you with Amazon’s suggestions for other books you may like. You don’t need to register for an account, or connect your Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts. Just enter the title and author of a book and get up to 10 suggestions of similar books you may like.
The suggestions include links to the books on Amazon so you can purchase them there, either in paper or Kindle formats. But you don’t have to purchase the books from Amazon, you can check the suggested books out from your local library, borrow them from a friend or get them from a local bookstore.
For example, if you enter Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand to The Book Seer, you will get suggestions such as A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos, The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman and more.
Not every book ever published is included. I tried some titles where The Book Seer gave no recommendations. But about 9/10 books I have searched for on The Book Seer produced a list of suggestions.
Why Not Just Use Amazon’s Recommendations?
Yes, you could use Amazon to get book recommendations, but you may find using The Book Seer to be more simpler and more direct. Using The Book Seer instead of Amazon may be more efficient for you if:
You don’t shop for books at Amazon
If Amazon doesn’t have a history of your book purchases, then it can’t recommend other books you may like based upon your purchase history.
You shop for a lot of books at Amazon
If you shop for books for gifts for your kids, husband, friends, teachers, etc. Amazon may have a skewed view of your preferences. If you’re in the mood for historical fiction and Amazon recommends My Little Pony books based on your children’s preferences, well you’re not likely to find your new favorite novel.
You want to focus on a genre
Even if you only shop for yourself at Amazon, you may find that your tastes are quite broad. If you’re hankering for chick lit but the last few books you bought were business related, you may have to dig deep at Amazon.
You want to keep it private
If reading certain books is a guilty pleasure, you may appreciate the anonymity of The Book Seer. No tracking, logging in or other monitoring when you’re searching for a book, provided you’re logged out of your Amazon account and/or don’t allow cookies on your browser. If you have a secret fascination with zombie books and want to search for books similar to Day by Day Armageddon, by J.L. Bourne, you can use The Book Seer to find similar books.
You don’t want to get distracted
If you’re the type of shopper who goes to Amazon to search for a book and ends up hours later trying to decide between three pairs of shoes, a TV set, or Zombie Apocalypse Essentials, you may prefer the more simple site of The Book Seer.
See, K. Wade’s The Most Bizarre Items Available on Amazon, if you enjoy opportunities for distraction at Amazon.
If you live in the UK, you may want to visit The Book Seer for two cool book-related links it has: one is Find A Library that searches for nearby libraries in the UK based on an address or your location. You can see the results on a list or in a map view.
The second site linked to by The Book Seer is The Local Bookshop. This site helps you:
- locate local bookshops
- locate books in stock at local bookshops
- learn about events at local bookshops
The Local Bookshop also has sections that will be interesting to people who live outside the UK, including, book suggestions, best seller lists and lists of authors born in the current month.
Do you enjoy finding new favorite books? Do you like the idea of a simple site that gives you book suggestions without distracting you? What’s the most bizarre product you’ve every found on Amazon? Let us know in the Comments section below!