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August 15, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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BookLamp Beta Testing Book Recommendation Service ala Pandora

BookLamp.org matches readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that Pandora.com matches music lovers to new music. BookLamp allows you to find books with a similar level of tone, tense, perspective, action, description, and dialogue—while at the same time allowing you to specify details such as ... half the length. It’s impervious to outside influences, such as advertising, that impact socially driven recommendation systems and isn’t reliant on a large user base to work.

The beta site seeks user input as to future strategies. For example, its website asks, “Is there interest in seeing BookLamp become a function service? Should we seek venture capital or partner with a company that has a book database? Do we open source the project?” To answer these questions and other input, it has forums in place.

The site goes live tomorrow on Aug. 16, 2011. It already has redesign plans in place that will affect interface, look-and-feel, database, and algorithms.

Source: BookLamp



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