Friday, August 23, 2013

eFestival of Words: Book Discovery

Today at 2:00 on the eFestival of Words, I will be moderating a discussion on how readers can find books by indie authors in their preferred genre. Below is a list of links to sites that I will be recommending. Please join us in the eFestival Forums! A complete list of all the discussion events can be found here.

These discussion groups are located on the Amazon web site and offer thousands of discussion forums on all sorts of topics. On it you will find many discussion threads in your preferred genre by using their search feature. The discussions are monitored and inappropriate content can be reported and deleted. Amazon has a strict policy forbidding authors from self-promotion on most of the discussions so readers won't be inundated with authors promoting their own work.

Goodreads has been around for a long time and was recently purchased by Amazon. It is one of the best resources for finding people who like the same sorts of books that you do. There are groups you can join, a place to list, rate and review the books your read, author events, and contests to win books. An excellent resource.

Like Goodreads, Shelfari also offers communities and groups where readers can find groups reading books in their preferred genres. It is also owned by Amazon but the readers discuss and review books from other sources.

Wattpad offers authors the opportunity to upload parts of their books, short stories, essays and more with buy links so that readers can read, rate, and purchase if they wish.

The following four links are to sites that offer information on free and bargain books that are emailed every day to those who sign up. The good part is you can request to only receive books that are in your preferred genre(s) so your email isn't cluttered up with book suggestions in which you have no interest. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at 2:00 at the eFestival of Words Events Forum.

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