First, a disclaimer for this blog post: I did not go to either the Digital Book World or Tools of Change conference this year. But I did follow on Twitter and read articles about the shows after, and they sounded great and like a lot of things were discussed.
One theme that seemed to come up at both conferences was the issue of discoverability. Booksellers and their bookstores used to fill the role of gate keepers, but with eBooks and online sales, this vital step gets skipped.
Enter Bookigee. “Designed to address a challenge discussed at both Digital Book World and the Tools of Change conference–discoverability–Bookigee is designed to help consumers match their interest with better book choices online” (Shelf Awareness, February 16, 2011).
Bookigee isn’t just about algorithms. It is about people. You put a book in the center and then can explore an interactive matrix of other books, suggestions, and related media in a customizable way.
Bookigee hasn’t launched yet, but you can visit the website to join their list to get an invitation to their first closed test community.