BookBrowse For Libraries

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Librarians Say...

  • We have access to Novelist Plus through our NC Live subscription, but whereas Novelist requires staff to learn a controlled vocabulary to make the most of it, the categories and content in BookBrowse are so much easier to access because they don’t use a complex controlled vocabulary. I'm really excited for our staff to be able to use BookBrowse as a readers advisory tool. They already use the free version as a resource for collection development, but a subscription will be a new level of usefulness for them.
    — Laura McPherson, County Librarian, Ashe County Public Library
  • The material you sent for BookBrowse set up and publicity was very helpful. You anticipated all our needs. We're enjoying BookBrowse very much and are very happy with the service.
    — Jocelyn Ozolins Shelter Island Public Library, NY
  • "We're absolutely loving BookBrowse! I took a peek at our YTD usage stats and in two months, we've already seen more use of this service than many of our others in a year!"
    — Erin Chestnutt, librarian at Beauregard Parish Library, LA
  • "BookBrowse is a wonderful, easy-to-use service that provides excellent book recommendations. We love the thorough reviews, read-alikes, author interviews and reading group guides."
    — Ali Birnbach, librarian at Mill Valley Public Library, CA
  • "Of all our electronic resources, BookBrowse is the favorite of our patrons, and our stats show it's the most used."
    — Georgia Robinson, librarian at City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library, Ontario
  • BookBrowse received a Platinum Award in the 2020 Modern Library Awards. Here are comments from three of the judging librarians:
    • The BookBrowse staff is wonderful in that they listen to any concerns and questions that you have. The response turnaround time is fast and the product is first rate. It serves not only as a tool for readers' advisory, but is current and user-friendly. I recommend this product.
    • I use this resource to find titles for my book group at the library. I especially like how books are put into various categories, making it very easy to select the specific topic you'd like to read about. I also love the Book Group Interviews. I have found great recommendations for books, and advice on how to deal with difficult situations. Their love of books, and their willingness to assist libraries is truly appreciated.
    • It is an excellent complement to our other methods of readers' advisory. I use it frequently and find it a high quality product.
  • "BookBrowse is the first place I go to find books for our library book group.  I always start my title search in the book club section. Everything I need is there! I can find books by theme, settings, time periods and genres. And when I find the perfect book on that page, I can find a reading guide that will assist me with the group. Such an ingenious page, from a wonderful, wonderful site!"
    — Terye Balogh, librarian at Milpitas Library, CA

Patrons Say...

  • "My book club friends think I am so smart because I am so informed about books!"
    — Betty
  • "You are directly responsible for expanding my reading horizons exponentially."
    — Georganne
  • "BookBrowse is the most consistently excellent and reader-friendly resource available anywhere."
    — James
  • "Thank you for helping me find terrific books in a sea of literary mediocrity."
    — Heather

Publishers Say...

  • "I use the readalikes, and the theme and time period lists to find comps for sales conference presentations. You cover all kinds of books and the info is organized in a really useful way, so I can locate general comp titles and usually click over to a review or synopsis right from that page to verify that it’s an appropriate match. I can't think of another site that has that same functionality. Also, because you don't use algorithms, the information I get is pure."
    — Publisher, New York

The Media Says...