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Posts tagged with Books

Q&A: Kieron Smith of the Book Depository

The Book Depository is a fast growing business which sells books internationally from its UK base. Last year, its sales grew by 160% to £40m, enough to take the number five slot in The Sunday Times' Fast Track 100 list.

I've been talking to MD Kieron Smith about the site, the reasons for its success, and the challenges of running an international e-commerce operation.


Q&A: Quillp founder Alexander Braun

Alexander BraunBased in Berlin, Quillp is a social network centred around books, which launched last year. It provides users with the chance to connect with other book lovers, recommend good reads, as well as allowing new authors to upload their work and get some exposure.

I've been talking to founder Alexander Braun about Quillp, providing product recommendations, and his experiences at last year's Seedcamp, at which Quillp made the finals...


Site review: Quillp beta

Quillp is a social network startup based in Germany which provides book recommendations for other readers based on similar tastes, as well as allowing budding authors to upload their own manuscripts for others to rate, review, and comment on.

It has features in common with BookArmy and BookRabbit, as well as peer review sites for unpublished authors like Authonomy and YouWriteOn, so how does it compare?



Harper Collins opens up BookArmy to the public

Publisher Harper Collins has launched its book recommendation site / social network BookArmy to the public, after a couple of months in beta.

BookArmy indexes over 8m books, and invites readers to join the site, set up their own profiles and review and rate books. Titles can also be purchased via an affiliate link to Amazon.

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Site review: BookArmy beta

BookArmy, a literary recommendation website, is the latest social media project from publisher Harper Collins. It was originally planned for an official launch this year, but that has been delayed, and the site is now in private beta.

Harper Collins' other social media site, Authonomy, provides a way for the publisher to outsource its slush pile by having aspiring writers publish part of their work online and have it rated by others, in the hope that the cream rises to the top. BookArmy aims to be a recommendation engine for book lovers, having them rate the books they already love, and recommend others to them.

I've been trying out the new site to see how it looks so far...