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Subject: Fave book search method?
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 3:53 PM ET
Member Since: 1/20/2007
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Hi booklovers!

Do you find yourself using any search option here more than others, when you're just browsing?  I keep going to Member Book Reviews and do find ones I want fairly often.  Just curious ...

There is also a cool website called Gnooks where you can type in a favorite author's name and it will give you a "map" of similiar authors.  Any other book rec websites you'd like us to know about?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 4:58 PM ET
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I like that Gnooks site.

I usually just search here by title or author - I find out about books at other sites.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 5:12 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Thank you for the site name.  I love to check out new book sites.  I use Fantasticfiction.com (obviously for fiction) and Amazon a lot for other stuff as well as fiction (Fatasticfiction links to Amazon).  I particularly like to look for new books coming out because it seems easier to get a book if you are on the WL early and I like series!  Non-fiction is difficult - but I seem to find an awful lot just by guess or by golly!  My RL is huge.  I embarrass myself when I think about it - but I keep adding.  I'd love to check out any other sites that anyone wants to suggest.

As for PBS - I search mainly by ISBN.  The author search can be finicky (and inaccurate).  But I use that, too, and try different ways of spelling the names or using the middle initial sometimes.  I've been advised to change the data - but I con't know how.  And sometimes even thought I can bring up a book by ISBN - I can't bring it up any other way.  The strange ways of search engines!

Ruth

ETA - I really like Gnooks' Gnod engine for music, too, since I like really eclectic music.



Last Edited on: 3/5/09 5:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 5:32 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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The new books listed in your genre has opened my eyes to a LOT of books that I'd otherwise miss. Having said that, as I come across books mentioned in articles, reviews, online, etc, I'll add them to my list here.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 5:41 PM ET
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I love, love, love the bookslut blog.

Subject: Poe, anyone?
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 6:10 PM ET
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Rick, have you read "Usher's Passing" by Robert McCammon?

I've got it on order - will pop back in and post after I've read.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 12:36 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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The genre search is greatly enhanced for me by subscribing to the Daily Digest and Daily Wishlist.  I see both daily wishes and postings in the genres I like and find lots of great books that way.  I forgot to put that in my earlier post.  It can be overwhelming to look through both every day - but I only do it when I find I have some time on the computer that I can use this way.  The lists are way too long for me to read completely  - usually.  Monday seems to be the lightest day of the week for posts to those lists.

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 7:59 AM ET
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Typically I search by ISBN in the main search pane at the top of the page. If the ISBN I want isn't available, I'll click on the author's name to see if other versions might be available here.

I rarely search by genre, looking at reviews, anything like that...I pretty much know what I want already from various book groups I'm in or other websites.

Cheryl