Things Which Are Awesome: NPR's Book Concierge

NPR book critics didn't put out a Best of 2014 this year, instead continuing a project begun in 2013: A book "concierge" service which can recommend titles released this year, based on the type of book you like to read.

"Concierge" is a bit of a misnomer, and sadly the name under-sells just how addictive the site can be. It doesn't take too many genre-selections before you start wondering just how specific and weird and perfect you get. And yet on the other hand, the site only looks at 250 or so titles, making it quickly manageable.

Some categories seem obvious. If I'm an art lover who wants to read a mystery, the app suggests Lenny Kleinfeld's Some Dead Genius. On the other hand, perhaps' you'd prefer NPR staff to suggest a rather long biographical tale from around the world focused on music? Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford.


Posted on December 3, 2014 .