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What to Read?

Finding recommendations for independently published books can be difficult. Over at The Guardian, Dan Holloway explains:

“As a reader, I believe life is too short: if I want a great thriller, there’s enough Mark Billingham and Tami Hoag to work through. If I choose to read self-published books it’s because I want something different.”

Holloway also outlines resources for finding well-reviewed self-published books. There’s the Indie eBook Review, which reviews recent self-published books, as well as IndieReader, which does an incredible job writing thoughtful reviews of some really interesting self-published books. All in all, Holloway paints a portrait of a burgeoning literary culture surrounding independently published books, one that’s sure to grow as self-publishing becomes the dominant force in the literary marketplace. As a writer, it’s incredibly important to keep track of who is writing reviews and what kinds of books garner attention, especially if you want your title to find a large audience.

Another great resource is, the “home of the Book Genome Project. Similar to how matches music lovers to new music, BookLamp helps you find books through a computer-based analysis of written DNA.”

A great way to make sure your own book gets reviewed is to look into some of Lulu’s reviewing services, including options to have your book reviewed by Kirkus or Clarion reviews.

So, where do you find help selecting books to read? What websites or book reviews are helpful? Do you think self-published books are getting the right amount of respect from reviewers? Have you ever reviewed someone else’s book online? Let us know!

Additional Reading: Backs BookLamp’s ‘Gamification’ Kickstarter Campaign

Company That’s Helped Millions Tell Their Stories Contributes $30,000 to Help Tech-y Generation Bond with Books

(Raleigh, NC/ Boise, ID) — Nov. 13, 2012 – Open publisher today announced it will pledge $30,000 to BookLamp’s “The Game of Books” kickstarter campaign, designed to bring the joys of reading to a new generation. The contribution amounts to almost a third of the campaign’s fundraising target, and Lulu hopes to encourage others to also support the innovative use of gaming and technology to promote reading.The public face of the massive Book Genome Project, BookLamp is building The Game of Books as an app, a digital card game, and a way to promote young adult reading in schools and libraries across the country. It combines elements of Foursquare with Xbox Live-style gamer achievements (such as badges) to encourage social reading.The blend of new tools and timeless thrills is exactly what attracted Lulu, a pioneer in self-publishing since 2002.“Lulu continues to look for ways to move the publishing industry in new directions,” says the company’s marketing chief Brian Matthews. “The means of finding new books today is relatively limited: the media, word of mouth and bookstores. The Game of Books and the Book Genome Project add an engaging new element. Gamification becomes a way to discover books you just might love and to connect with a new generation.”Matthews adds that while The Game of Books should spur more reading in the long run, in the short term he hopes book lovers of all kinds — from corporations to individuals — will help write a happy, successful ending to the Kickstarter campaign (closing Dec. 17).
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