I’m always big on new kinds of book discovery, so NPR’s recent launch of its Book Concierge web app certainly caught my attention.
“TheÂ Book ConciergeÂ lets you mix and match from 21 different categories of reading. You can combine your moods to come up with what will fit.
When you launch the app, you are greeted with view a visual feed of book covers for all of NPRâ€™s top books of the year. Then on the left hand side bar you can pick and choose tags.”
The Book Concierge is simple, pretty slick and does a decent job of that browsing-a-bookstore-feeling. Although a phone or tablet version would be great, too.
I think I like the Book Concierge a little more than the annual end of the year NPR Book Lists, something which they even thoughtfully addressed here: “The Top 5 Reasons We’re Taking A Break From Lists” (there aren’t really five reasons; just list-fatigue, which is plenty of reason).
BookRiot also chimes in with their review, too: “Test Driving NPRâ€™s Book Concierge App.”
And, since I was in an NPR Book List kind of mood, here’s a useful GoodReads list of NPR-related book lists: “GoodReads: NPR Book Lists.)