Here's our demo video:
Here's how we described the project:
Book Discovery INSIDE the eBookWhen is a reader most receptive to reading suggestions? Right when they’ve finished a book of course! That’s why printed books have information about other books by the same author, the first chapter of the next book in the series and similar material at the end as part of the back matter.
Back matter has existed pretty much as long as books have. This includes the appendix, glossary, index, and bibliography. Back matter for digital books needs to be optimized to serve the needs of the digital reader. An informal survey by @suw indicates the most popular endmatter desires were other books by the same author and some information about the author.
Digital back matter for ebooks is not constrained by having to proceed the publication; unlike print, digital back matter can be kept up to date with the release of new content. For instance, if an author publishes a sequel, that title could be included in previously published ebooks.
It’s easy to insert a page listing an author’s other books at the end of an ebook, but how do you keep that list up-to-date? What if you’ve developed a great recommendation system to do “if you liked Pride and Prejudice, you’ll like X”? (or maybe “if you hated...”!)
For this demo, we tested three reading EPUB environments, Readium, Readmill, and iBooks. We modified the Project Gutenberg EPUB version of Pride and Prejudice to include hooks and data to other books by Jane Austen.
Offline reading in Readium displays the resource embedded in the EPUB, similar to the iBooks version.
- Banned Books in America
- Website that maps book banning incidents and links them to Openlibrary
- Book Discoverability: A Graphical Solution
- Concept for browsing books as nodes on a graph.
- Book Discovery INSIDE the eBook
- This was us! Our demo crashed and burned. The popup screens from the wifi messed up the ebook reader display of embedded dynamic content.
- BookCity Finalist!
- Website that recommends books by connecting them to cities.
- Website that helps you lend the books you've borrowed from the library.
- Booklvrs: Read. Discover. Meet.
- App that advertises the ebook you're reading to the people around you.
- Website that multi-factor-matches you to books.
- Website that aggregates book recommendations from your twitter followers.
- Website that displays books as if they were on a bookshelf. I'm pretty sure there was more to it.
- Website that recommends books to users based on books they've liked.
- Captiv Finalist!
- App and Website that uses machine learning algorithms and your tweet about last night's party to combat the short attention span of Today's Readers. I may not have understood this one.
- Coverlist Finalist!
- Website that believes in judging books by their cover.
- Evoke Finalist and clear judging favorite!
- Pinteresty website that recommends books based on emotions categorization.
- Happy Chapter
- App that recommends books based on tags you click.
- I read your Brain
- Brain-sensing rabbit ears that wiggle depending on your response to a book from a website.
- Website that lets users rate romance novels for steaminess.
- KooBrowser Finalist!
- Browser plugin that analyses what you read to better sell you books.
- Library Atlas Finalist!
- Mobile app that sends you geographically appropriate quotes depending on where you are. My favorite.
- Literary Trinket with Book Wish
- 3D printed QR-ish code baubles. Cooler than it sounds.
- Website that turns reading into a game where you earn points.
- Meme a book
- Website that turns books into lolcats. (I may not have described this accurately.)
- Website that recommends books connected to the movie you just saw.
- NYPL Reinvent
- Analysis of NYPL metadata advocating a divorce of the library from its classification system.
- Website offering crowd-funded serial fiction (ebooks).
- Website that recommends books based on a user's video viewing.
- Reading Tollbooth: A Gateway to Book Discovery
- Website to match kids to books.
- Website that recommends books based on tags you click.
- Valerie's Baby App
- App that promotes literacy to a girl named Valerie by making sliding block puzzles and defining words at her.
- Website that uses library data to make graphical book circles.
- Website that turns ex-bookstore owners into book curation engines.
It's also worth noting the growing importance of geo-tagging and other non-traditional metadata. In the new world of publishing discovery, readers want books that fit their mode right where they want to be. Neither MARC nor ONIX know enough to help.
My library friends should rest assured that the hackers did not at all ignore libraries. Although $1000 prize from NYPL was a factor, the ease of connecting to NYPL and OpenLibrary helped a lot. The RDA prize, it should be noted, went unclaimed.
Update: Sorry, Coverlist, I omitted your finalist status. Corrected!