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I can't quite figure out how to effectively browse this site. Maybe you all can give me some old-timer pointers? How do you identify new authors? I've checked my recommendations, but I keep getting romance novels, which I don't really read, or books already on my list (ex: I love Robert B Parker, and have read all his books. So I keep getting recommendations for Robert B Parker books. It's a bit frustrating.)
Is there a trick to this? How are you all finding things to read? At this point, if I don't already know what I'm looking for, I can't seem to find anything. Help?
Oh, also, is there any way to set the "Members who requested this book also requested" tags to text, instead of those illegible bookcover thumbnails? Scrolling over them and waiting for the pop ups to load is driving me up a wall.
As always, thanks.
Last Edited on: 9/4/07 6:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Besides the suggestions already mentioned here, I like to use FantasticFiction.com, click on Robert B Parker's list and you can see who and what he recommends. Then you can click on those authors and see what else they have written. Most of the books under each author have at least the book cover blurb, some have reviews.
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From the Help Center:
You can find a book to request at PBS many, many ways!
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Last Edited on: 9/4/07 8:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
I usually just search for specific books. If I'm in the mood to browse, I have a few sellers who I've ordered books from that seem to read the same types of things I do so I just browse their bookshelves to see if they have anything I want.
I also like to browse in my favorite genre threads and ask around. I also check the wish lists of the members posting in there. I've added tons that way!
One of the sites I've found that is pretty cool is www.gnooks.com Select Gnod's suggestions. You type in 3 of your favorite authors and they give you suggestions for other authors!
Check out Literature-Map. You can input your fav author and it will give you similar authors. Then you can take one of those author names and go to FantasticFiction (listed above) or here, or Amazon, to find books by that author.
You can also put the name of books into either of these sites, and they will suggest other books for you:
Of course, if you like Robert Parker, that means you probably like mysteries and can always just go to the Search button here on PBS, in the grey bar at the top of the page, and click the All Books link. Then select the tab Browse by Genre and using the dropdown go to Mysteries or General and browse to see what's here.
But I think there are way to many books to do it that way. I highly recommend using a more review based site to find authors and then titles that you might like, then come here to see if they are posted, and WL a few that are not and order some that are!
Hope that helps!
Karen S. thanks for going to the trouble of reprinting that. I've actually read the help pages. :) The problem I have is that the search results are always WAY too broad and numerous, and the same book comes up in different bindings and languages... I haven't had any luck with the search function. It's kind of like trying to find out the name of a dry cleaners in cincinnati by Googling "Ohio" and trying to sort through the results. Ok, without the porn links. :) Unfortunately. :)
Denise, thanks for the advice! I always look through the bookshelves of people I order from - it never occurred to me to check back. Good idea. And Misty, thanks. I'll try Gnod's suggestions. I'm getting the idea that mostly, people tend to come here already knowing what they're looking for, rather than poking around the site browsing what is available. That's good to know.