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Book Recommendation Aggregator

Published 10/22/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Bookworms and casual readers can learn about the newest titles in their favorite genres through the Read Feeder. The site incorporates tools that considers reviews, blogs, and anywhere else the title may be mentioned to determine whether or not it is worth a read. Users can learn about much more than the most mainstream, best selling books. They can also discover lesser known titles, which are also examined by Read Feeder. The topic options are very diverse, including non-fiction titles in the area of graphic and web design, art, marketing, economics, green living, productivity and entrepreneurship. The Read Feeder does not currently include fiction titles.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Read Feeder was created in 2010. The site was intended to provide users with book recommendations and helpful reviews. The site wasn’t just another search; it was designed to give the user a diverse selection of titles that are relevant to the user’s preferences and taste. The Read Feeder team is very small, consisting of two employees, but given its age there is plenty of potential for the site to group significantly in the coming months and years.

What are the differences to other apps?

Read Feeder does more than provide a general search of book titles. The site incorporates a more sophisticated approach to making recommendations. By reviewing blogs, reviews, and other places the titles are mentioned, the site can produce relevant and interesting results based on the reader’s preferences. Unfortunately, the site is currently only focused on non-fiction titles.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Read Feeder website features a straightforward, yet stylish design. The orange and black color scheme offset by a solid white background helps compliment the non-fiction nature of the titles featured. The site also contains no clutter, presenting the user with an easy to browse list of categories to get started searching for titles they want and need.

How does the registration process work?

Read Feeder does not have an official sign up process. Instead, users can sign up for notifications and updates. These are available through email when the user supplies a name and valid email address. They can also choose to opt in to RSS feeds or connect through Twitter. The easy notification options makes Read Feeder very simple to utilize. Users can sign up for notifications within seconds and without providing any personal details or contact information other than an email address.

What does it cost to use the application?

The service offered by Read Feeder is very basic, although the search feature is very helpful. Non-fiction readers can really appreciate the service offered, provided their interest lies within one of the categories listed. That being said, to request payment for this service would be a big turn off for a new user. Read Feeder does not offer a service that warrants a payment, at least at this point. Currently, anyone can sign up to receive notifications for free. There is no premium account option or fees for doing so. Whether or not this will change in the future remains to be seen, but for now it is completely free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Readers can really appreciate the service offered by Read Feeder. Unfortunately, the service is a little limited in scope. The titles included are non-fiction, and further limited by a select list of categories. That being said, anyone with an interest in the categories included (which are primarily, environmental, business, art or economics related), can get a lot of use out of Read Feeder listings and notifications.

  • Stay up to date on recent titles they may like
  • Learn more about relevant titles in categories they like that are not necessary considered mainstream
  • Quickly sign up to receive updates without providing significant personal information
  • Search by title to learn more about a specific book
  • Sort through titles by broad category, including business, arts, economics and other non-fiction books

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