Amateur reviewers are plentiful, especially on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. What many of these amateur reviewers can’t offer, however, is perspective. How does this book compare to the author’s previous work, and what specific themes were emphasized throughout the novel? iDreamBooks is an app that relies on reviews written by professional critics to help users decide which books are worth reading and which can be pushed aside.
iDreamBooks lets you browse through recently-released books in a number of ways. Start by selecting the genre you’re most interested in, or search for the title or author directly. When you click on a category, like Bestsellers, you can sort the books by release date, rating, or number of reviews. Each book listing includes a photo of the cover, a brief description of the story inside, and a score that falls somewhere between 1 and 100. Click on the title of a book to read more about the author, and see a sampling of reviews from around the web. iDreamBooks lets you know immediately how many of the reviews are positive and how many are negative, and provides easy-to-follow links that you can use to read these professional reviews in full.
iDreamBooks scores are based on the percentage of favorable reviews, with sources weighted based on age, editorial oversight, and overall quality. Books that get a score of 70% or above get a “recommended” rating from iDreamBooks. Although the web-app is primarily populated with reviews automatically pulled from newspapers and magazines, iDreamBooks encourages individual critics and bloggers who fit certain criteria (available in detail on the iDreamBooks site) to submit links to their own reviews for inclusion, as well.
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