One of the key issues plaguing an admittedly glutted ebook market is the need for better searchability, especially for self-published and small press books that don’t come with the publicity teams reserved for bestsellers from the Big Five. Even as readers reach out to support the efforts of indie authors, book discovery still remains murky.
But a new book search engine is working to make books even more searchable based on information indicated by readers. Noverly, which launched in private last month after a year of development, lets readers use its subject-driven search feature to initiate a book search, then add various keywords and filters in order to wade through the titles. One interesting option is the ability to start at the landing page for a specific, well-known book, then use that page as a jumping off point for further in-depth searches.
“Want to read something like “A Game of Thrones”? From its title page, select a subject, setting or subgenre that interests you, and you’ll only see titles with the same element. If you select the subject fiction-fantasy-epic and then filter by award winners, you’ll see 26 award winning epic fantasies. Love British detective stories? From Browse, choose the genre Detective & Mystery and then the subgenre British. This limits the search to detective and mystery stories that are cataloged as British. Adding 18th century to the search, for example, narrows the results to 15 titles.”
Once a reader eventually locates a book of interest, affiliate sales options are given, as well as information on borrowing the ebook from the user’s local public library. What will prove to be most useful about Novelry, though, is the wide variety of titles that users will at least see as they work their way to the perfect book, enhancing discovery of new titles for future searches.