NPR’s Book Concierge

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.

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