GeekWire has reported the launch of a new website, BestSFBooks. Its developer, entrepreneur Adam Doppelt, is a self-confessed science fiction geek. The idea behind the site is simple: to help readers discover the most critically-acclaimed SF titles.
According to GeekWire, Doppelt has wanted to build the service for years as a tool to discover science fiction books. In fact, he created a prototype a few years ago, but shelved that concept as other entrepreneurial endeavors took precedent.
Doppelt explains â€œAmazon will gladly deliver any book that I want to purchase, but theyâ€™re terrible at guiding me to the best books, especially if youâ€™re looking at a particular genre like science fiction which tends to get polluted by best sellers that arenâ€™t critically acclaimed.”
The recommendation engine behind BestSFBooks identifies award-winning titles and those which have been nominated for major awards. In some cases, it also takes into account Amazon sales ranks. And Doppelt is considering adding what he calls a â€œlightweightâ€ voting system so users can help SF fans discover new authors.