Shelfie is an app that digitizes your bookshelf and helps you get the digital editions at a cheaper price. Today, the company has announced a new initiative called “deal finder.” The new feature uses patterns in the way readers organize their bookshelves to recommend books readers might enjoy next, and then monitors the prices of these suggested titles and sends alerts when a title goes on sale.
“Shelfie already lets readers digitize their shelves. We’re excited to make it even easier for readers to discover their next great read and save money at the same time” says Shelfie co-founder and CEO Peter Hudson.
Shelfie takes the legwork out of finding deals on ebooks you’ll actually enjoy reading. Using the app is simple, you take a snapshot of your bookshelf (a “shelfie”) and the app uses patented computer vision algorithms to automatically catalog your entire library. The Shelfie Deal Finder then curates a list of recommended titles based on how you and hundreds of thousands of other readers organize their bookshelves. When Shelfie identifies that a book on your recommended list goes on sale, the app alerts you via email and an in-app notification to buy the book on iBooks.
Shelfie, which is available as a free download on iOS, and can identify over 40 million different book spines, has been described as “Shazam for your bookshelf.”
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.