BookRx recommends books in 140 characters or less, plus e-readers going out of style

BookRx

This post comes to you in four parts!

Part 1:

Need some books to keep you busy during all that holiday downtime? Considering trying out Knight Labs’ new BookRx, which selects potential new reads based on your Twitter account. Just enter your handle, and voila! BookRx generates a list of recommendations from specific words, users, and hashtags that you’ve mentioned in your tweets.

Here’s a preview of one of mine:

BookRx preview

Of course, I’ve already ready a few of these. So it’s not a perfect tool, but it is fun. BookRx separates titles by genre, such as mystery, fiction, and romance. One of its picks for me is Fifty Shades of Grey — a book I would never read. But I’ve previously tweeted about at least one blog post that focused on the book, so it’s little wonder that BookRx noticed my “interest” in it.

What books does it recommend for you?

Part 2:

Do you like the new blog header? I wanted a change. :) But if you guys hate it, let me know and I’ll create some others.

Part 3:

If you’re looking for today’s book cover selection, it’s one post down!

Part 4:

e-reader girl

In a bit of news, the e-reader market is apparently shrinking. Data from the International Data Corporation shows that this year, worldwide shipments of e-readers will fall to 14.9 million units from 23.2 million units last year — a 36 percent decrease. Forrester Research recorded a similar trend specifically in the United States, and these numbers are expected to keep falling in 2013 and beyond.

The explanation? People are buying more multiversatile tablets, smartphones, and PCs — an increase of 27.1 percent from 2011, according to IDC. They’re more willing to spend more money on a high-tech device than a “primitive” e-reader in exchange for the extra features, and those often include Kindle and Nook apps.

“It’s looking like e-readers were a device for a particular moment in time that, more rapidly than we or anyone else thought, has been replaced by a new technology,” Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester analyst, told The New York Times. Here’s the full scoop.

Are you ready to trade in your e-reader, or are you surprised by these findings?

[Image credit: via CNET by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, public domain; CBSi]

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4 thoughts on “BookRx recommends books in 140 characters or less, plus e-readers going out of style

  1. I love BookRx! This is great, since I have so many problems finding books these days (no way am I reading the 50 Shades book). The first topic that came up for me was humor, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve never heard of any of these. Next was food :) Again, books I haven’t heard about yet. This is gonna be fun. Thank you for sharing!

    I adore the blog header, it’s magical….and so pretty.

    But I love the e-readers :( We were just up at the local Best Buy to buy some cables, and I came so close to leaving with the Paperwhite. Soooooo close. I have an iPad that has Kindle on it, but I only use that for cookbooks, otherwise it’s just too heavy to read with. I looked at the Kindle Fire, but I have no use for it with an iPad. I love the light, easy e-readers! Hubby just bought me a real book (by Sarah Vowell) that I love just as much too. There’s just something about a real book.

    Happy holidays you guys!! Have a terrific break!

    • Hey, Sarah! I’m so glad you’re liking BookRx (and the header, thank you)! And it’s good to know that different categories come up — I wasn’t aware of that.

      I love e-readers, too — the e-ink is especially important to me since I’m starting at computers all day and my eyes need that break! I think a lot of people are trying to cut down on the number of devices they own if they can because we live in a very technology-centric country. It gets a little overwhelming consumer-wise. So if a device can knock out two things and save you from having an extra device, that’s great.

      But don’t worry — e-reading in general is here to stay, it looks like. So even if e-readers are a fad, I’m sure they’ll keep selling them just to have a cheaper option. Amazon and the other companies just might not pump as much resources or money into making them top-of-the-line in the future — that might go into tablets instead (and the Kindle Fire counts for that!).

      But they’ll never replace real books in our hearts! :) Agreed.

    • E-readers are still great investments! As I told Sarah above, I don’t think this means e-readers are going away — and definitely not right away. They’re still good devices to have, but companies might spend more time and money making more tablet-like ones than just standard e-readers. I think they’ll sell them, though, and people will keep using them. Nothing’s going to change overnight! ;)

      Sometimes we don’t need those bells and whistles, anyway. They’re distracting!

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