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2Feb/110

Have you dated any good books lately?

booxSome people worry that reading a book might date them, but I hadn’t heard of anyone dating a book—until now. Daemon’s Books reports on a French website called BOOX Affinity (in French, naturally) that is based on a model similar to a computer dating site: the prospective reader answers a few questions about his tastes, and get matched up to a book as to a cyber-date. It has even come up with a few hilarious TV commercials, which you don’t really have to understand French to find amusing.

Of course, the idea of finding a good book via a website is not new. Alexandria Digital Literature (which I’ve covered a few times here) was one of the very first book-recommendation websites, and is actually still around, if a little old and creaky. I’ve found it tends to dispense some incredibly accurate recommendations, even if it takes a while to do so.

On this Quora thread (free registration necessary to view), a number of readers have chimed in with other recommendations for book recommendation sites: Goodreads.com, LibraryThing.com, Anobii.com, BookArmy.com, TheCopia.com, Shelfari.com, and others. What’s your favorite?


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