NPR’s Book ConciergePosted: December 10, 2013
NPR released a cool new tool for book readers last week. They call it their NPR’s Book Concierge. Books are grouped into 26 categories, which is nice in and of itself, but the cool thing is that each book is tagged in multiple categories so you can mix and match. For example, you can find books that are both Seriously Great Writing and Biography & Memoir. Or you could select Science & Society combined with NPR Staff Picks. The list of categories is quite broad.
|NPR Staff Picks||Biography & Memoir||Book Club Ideas|
|Comics & Graphic Novels||Cookbooks & Food||Eye-Opening Reads|
|Family Matters||For Art Lovers||For History Lovers|
|Funny Stuff||Historical Fiction||It’s All Geek To Me|
|Kids’ Books||Let’s Talk About Sex||Love Stories|
|Mysteries & Thrillers||Poetry & Short Stories||Rather Long|
|Rather Short||Realistic Fiction||Science & Society|
|Science Fiction & Fantasy||Seriously Great Writing||Tales From Around The World|
|The Dark Side||Young Adult|
One word of caution. The tool works great on my PC, but not so much so on my iPad. It would be great if they released iOS and Android apps for this. The book folks at NPR said that they were getting burned out doing “best of” lists at the end of the year, so they came up with this. I’m glad they did.
It’s not like I don’t have plenty of samples on my iPad Kindle app, but this is a different way of categorizing the books NPR discussed in 2013, and it’s really kind of fun.
Check it out. I think you’ll like it.