Monday, October 11, 2010

New Kindle and Staff Pick features

Kindle Availability

We are aware that quite a few of our readers enjoy buying Kindle ebooks in favor of printed versions. So far these subscribers have had to click through each book that interested them, just to verify if a Kindle version was available.

Starting from this week, users who prefer Kindle books will be able to immediately know if a given book is available at the Kindle Store. And not only that, but we've also distinguished between the American/International and the UK Kindle stores (the UK one is available to UK residents only).

The screenshot below shows examples of how we include links to these electronic versions when available:

We've made The Kindle category will go international next week, with links to the US and UK stores when available.

Staff Picks added to our site

We decided to group all of the Staff Picks for the current week together on a super handy page on our site. This will probably interest newcomers more than existing subscribers, but it's still nice to be able to take a gander at some of the best books from categories you don't already subscribe to.

Book of the Week

Finally, our third new feature is the "Book of the Week", which will be announced on Twitter and Facebook every week. The book will be chosen on the basis of many different criteria, but it's essentially the most interesting and exciting title of the week, in our opinion (and will likely be one that received Staff Picks in various categories).

Last week the honour went to "The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values" by Sam Harris as shown below:

There you have it. Feel free to let us know if you think there are features that we're really missing and that would make our free notification service more enjoyable for you. We're listening (wow, that sounds so Fraiser-ish of us).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to be able to filter on certain countries. As an example, I'm really only interested in books available in the UK so it would be nice to have my list without releases which don't have a "UK" link.

Just a thought :)

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