January 20, 2014

New app lets readers share their favorite books



A startup company based in Washington is launching a new app to let users share their favorite books with friends, Dianna Dilworth writes for GalleyCat. Available for Apple products, Books I Love lets readers connect with each other and share recommendations with personalized notes, as well as preset categories of what they like about it.

Books I Love co-founder Elizabeth Dimarco said that the company created the app as a way for people to record their book recommendations that otherwise get forgotten or lost in the shuffle. “With this app,” she explained, “we believe we’ve built a way to digitize word-of-mouth recommendations that happen every day — at home, at work, at play — but are rarely captured in the moment.”

The app is available now and has a fairly intuitive feel, as you can see here:

Being a new app, Books I Love isn’t without its flaws. For one thing, there isn’t a way to do a blanket recommendation to all your Facebook friends; you can only scroll through and pick the ones you want. And without, as far as I can tell, a way to see which friends actually have the app, it’s unclear what happens if you recommend a book to somebody who doesn’t have it. It might simply go out into the ether. If that’s the case, it’s going to take a critical mass of people using the app to make it truly worthwhile, though it remains in any case a cool idea.


Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.