I don’t know about you, but when I read a review about a book in the paper, I often like to go to Amazon or Chapters to hear what readers think about it too. If I like the sound of the story still, I put it on my Wish List and buy it when I have enough books to get free delivery. (I could read it on my iPad, but I like to lend or give books away later so I can share a good book, not something you can do easily with a book for a kindle, kobo etc.)
Another website has been launched called idreambooks.com. They’ve used automated software that links to reviews of more than 1,000 books (now, but soon more) from book critics from around the world to come up with a score that is depicted by a little blue cloud. If he is smiling (and his percentage is above 50%) then the reviews are mostly favourable, if he is frowning, well, you get the idea. Books that get 70% or higher get a “must read” tag.
Eventually they will have more and more books, but at the moment they only have the more recent books and reviews. So it may at first be frustrating if you want to look up reviews for a book, only to find that it isn’t there. But in the meantime, there is always google! A good idea that may be what imdb.com is to movies and stars in the future. In the meantime, it is a great way to find a new book you may not have heard of!