Choosy Readers Choose
My method for discovering new fiction on the Kindle is evolving as I learn this new medium and adjust to the current markets for finding e-books. In reality, it’s no different than what I do in a brick and mortar bookstore while browsing. Basically I’m cutting down on the noise and filtering to find the books that I would enjoy reading.
The first thing I do is go to the best seller list for the sub-genre I’m interested in. Say that I want to read a good Space Opera book. I start my search on that category in the best seller listings and then browse down the list looking for covers, titles and descriptions that look good to me. When I find one that looks good, I then download the preview and read a few paragraphs. I can tell right away if the author has a voice that I like and if the action is grabbing me. When that happens in the previews, I will probably punch the One Click and buy. But what about all those books not on the list? What about those books down in the slush pile of the Long Tail?
What is needed, I think, is a Trust Agent for self-published authors in the SF genre. Ideally this could be a blog that lots of different readers contribute to and review which books they have found to be good. Then I could go to that site and do a search on a prospective book title or author and get instant reviews. This would also be a news service for press releases, so I can see what new titles are appearing weekly. The two sides of the site would have to be separate but would compliment each other.
Perhaps it would be less of a reviewer site and more of a fan site. Books could get a page in a blog with a blurb about them and the author. Perhaps list the Amazon ranking there too. Then those who have read the book can leave posts either for or against the work. In a way, Amazon provides this with reviews, but most readers don’t leave reviews. If you knew that lots of people were coming to a certain blog to leave opinions, you may be more inclined to tout your opinion too.
Over time, such a release and review site could be a valuable reader tool and it would validate the good books and elevate the social awareness of new authors. Let’s face it, those undiscovered authors could languish in the Long Tail for years before anyone finds out about them. This site would get the good stuff the recognition it deserves.
Just a thought. Anyone else have a way to find the good authors down in the Slush Tail?