The Reader Revolution has Started. GrowMyShelf.com is the most innovative and portal to come to the book reading and publishing since the Epub/Kindle.
While we cannot reveal operational and page layouts of the website, and system interactions, at this point we can tell you that there are four distinct parts to the business model.
The first part of the site is solely focused on book readers. Fans of genres that want a clear channel to books they’re really interested in. They want a realistic perspective of how that book compares to others they like. The “5 stars” rating system is dead. It is overused and severely abused. This portion of the business/website will be “Readercentric”. The book reader and genre fan will be catered to and informed, given enough information about how a book matches their preferences, and habits, BEFORE they buy it. Imagine Good reads…but functional and appropriate to your interests. No more guess work or getting fooled by fake reviews, well placed reviews or glitzy ad campaigns. Book readers and fans will spend more time interacting and utilizing this portal than any other site on the web.
The 2nd part, the Author publishing portal. This portal and publishing arm will bring new authors to the market through a rigorous review and professional polishing process. The end products will NOT be vanilla books made to conform to some arbitrary standard. They will be top quality books, innovative and new, with the no watering down of the ideas or authors voice. The rewards for the author will be significantly higher than most publishers and they will have a channel to market like no other. And, for the first time, they will have the ability to fund the services needed to produce a top quality book.
The 3rd part is the New Book Project Portal. The 4th part is the Promotions and shows portal. These are the portals that tie all of the other portals together. And they’re a secret.
The problem with @Goodreads, and most other “book library sites” is that they’ve become slaves to the 5 star rating system. One of our favorite movies is “The Incredibles”. Do you remember the bad guy, Syndrome, “Monologuing”? He says something significant as to why we’re building “Grow my Shelf” to combat the 5 star rating system. “…and when everyone’s super, (Evil Laugh) no-one will be.”
That’s the five Star system in a nutshell. We’ve fallen into the trap of rating our favorite author’s books highly. But are we really rating them against the whole of everything we’ve read? If we rate every book we read as 4 or 5 stars, then none of them are truly 5 star. The industry thrives, lives and dies, by that same false premise. Every book publisher, author and reseller wants, strives, and demands, their book be rated 5 star. Or it is somehow less readable or saleable. If everything, or a majority, of the books are 5 stars…they’re 5 stars compared to what?
We know that some are better than others, and we would read them again, but others are going to be relegated to the “once was enough” pile. We know we recommend some books to read, while only acknowledging others as “a good read”. We have to REALLY hate a book to give it less than 3 stars…and usually not for the reasons other readers might consider a valid reason to dislike it.
How does the 5 star system fit into refining or narrowing that “My next book” choice matrix? It’s useless. As are most reviews, since the “personal moment” the writer is having while writing their diatribe may not be relevant to what another reader finds interesting or important to books they like to read.
How does a friend, looking at your “online library” list on most book sites, KNOW what books you REALLY liked? And whether you actually hold them in the same regard for the SAME reasons that are important to them? They don’t. We don’t. More importantly YOU don’t.
Some of the sites (with a wink and nod toward their advertisers and publishing partners) try to put a cheesy comparison graphic together. The readers library is compared to one of their “friends”. This is supposed to help the reader find something to read next. We went on a number of friends profiles on Goodreads (and even Amazon) to try and find our next book to read. Those friends had liked EVERYTHING, so everything got a 5 stars. Lots of stars for authors and books we know we disliked, along with others that we did. Add that to a list of books from other genres that we didn’t care for There was NO way for us to find our next book, and “Grow My Shelf”, based on those libraries and site methods.
The Reader Revolution is starting. Are you ready to join?
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