Thursday, July 31, 2008

FictionDB Welcomes LibraryThing Recommendations and Tag Clouds

We are happy to announce the inclusion of LibraryThing recommendations and tag clouds on the FictionDB book detail pages. LibraryThing is the leader among the book social networking sites and can provide us with a wealth of information from their dedicated members.

I have blogged before about the differences between FictionDB and the social tagging sites and I believe this is a perfect example of how the two systems together can provide great information for readers. Take for example Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts. FictionDB provides the synopsis, series information, genres, time period, cover, awards, reviews and publishing history. LibraryThing gives further insight into the themes in the book through the tag cloud. If you’re interested in a particular theme, just click on the tag and you can search the rest of FictionDB for similarly themed books. LibraryThing also gives recommendations for other books that you might like if you liked Blood Brothers. We’re all looking for that next great read and here’s the perfect way to find it.

I’m on LibraryThing now, so come find me: Kelly's LibraryThing Profile. If you’d like to export your bookshelf from FictionDB to LibraryThing, just click on My Account and Export Books. Copy the link for the page into LibraryThing and they’ll upload your books for you.

We're very excited to provide our visitors with even more great book data, so check out the new features and let us know what you think.

8 comments:

Miki said...

I like the "If you like this..." part, but I hate "tag clouds". I think they just make the site (and any others I've ever seen them on) look overly busy and cluttered!

KatherineT said...

Kelly, the site keeps getting better and better ... what a great addition!

FictionDB said...

Miki -- I agree with you for the most part.

When I implemented tags on FictionDB, I deliberately set up public and private tags. There's nothing worse than looking at a tag cloud with a bunch of irrelevant information. Who cares if a book is tagged "Third box under bed"?

The beauty of the tags we receive from LibraryThing is that they have been filtered as well. What you see in the tag cloud should be relevant to the book and not to individual owners.

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