It’s amazing how often I hear people ask, “How do I find my kind of books?” With the internet at our fingertips, that might seem like a silly question. But the truth is, there are so many book-finding options these days that it can be hard to wade through it all to find the niche of books that you really want. We’ll start with the most obvious ways and work our way down to the more hidden gems.
Amazon’s algorithms cross reference titles, authors, and genres and make suggestions based on the things you’ve bought, reviewed, and searched for, which is nice. On the other hand, those algorithms are very specific about what’s selling at that very minute, so they can obscure a lot of awesome books from view.
However, a less-known benefit of Amazon is the author pages. You can look up an author and follow his or her page for future releases. Some authors also cross-link blog posts, so it’s a neat way to stay involved with your favorites.
Goodreads is affiliated with Amazon, but it’s the non-retail side of reviews. Reviewers tend to be more dedicated readers, rather than casual ones. Goodreads has a highly active membership. There are book clubs, author fan groups, and reviews for every genre and focus. You can also “friend” people that you know, or ones whose reviews you like, to see what others who share your interests are reading.
If you “like” or “follow” an author you like on Facebook, you’ll stay up to date on their books and appearances. Also, Facebook algorithms will suggest things based on your likes.
Blogs are a fantastic way to keep up on the books you want to hear about! I discover so many books this way. Even though I actively search for books, I just can’t find them all. Blogs help show me what I’ve missed. To fine blogs in your genre, do a google search. For example, if you’re looking for sci-fi books, google “science fiction book blogs.”
Another benefit of book blogs is that they very frequently include interviews with authors–the very authors you enjoy reading.
I’ve gotten a lot of recommendations via twitter. I follow book bloggers that I like, as well as authors and avid readers. Hashtags are a great way to see what’s new or trending, such as #mysterybooks or #scifibooks. (Yes, science fiction is my favorite! But all genres will find representation on Twitter.)
6. Author Web Pages
Most authors have newsletters or websites you can sign up for. They often give exclusive access to advance review copies, sales, and sometimes even some free swag. Just google the author’s name and you should be able to find their official website. Or check out their Amazon author page. You already know about those from #1 above!
When authors and publishers are promoting particular books with a sale, they list them on sites that connect readers with bargains. You can either look at them online or get new deals delivered to your email inbox. Bookbub, Book Barbarian, Free Kindle Books and Tips, and Ereader News Today are just a few examples of these sites. There are absolutely tons of them, and most allow you to customize your reading preferences.
Riffle is like Pinterest for books. You can follow other people, make lists (similar to boards on Pinterest), and read reviews. It’s a cool concept, and a great way of visually organizing your virtual bookshelf.
9. Genre Conventions
Chances are, there’s a convention or book event near you that caters to fans of your favorite genre. Attending one of these will give you a chance to not only check out books, but talk to the authors who wrote them. You might even get a signed copy!
So there you go! 9 ways to keep your Kindle–or your bookshelf–full of the kind of books that you love to read.