How many times have you fell head over spine in love with a book, sought out your local librarian, and requested their assistance in finding titles similar to the one you just read? This is what the library community refers to as readers’ advisory. Many librarians are trained in locating just the right tools to assist readers on their literary journey. Do you like movies based off of books (the movies are never as good as the books, right?!)? Check out Based on the Book. This site has to-date amassed over 1,450 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been turned into films.
Do you want to peruse a comprehensive and authoritative database which specifically caters to all of your readers’ advisory needs? If your library subscribes to it, check out NovelList. This database allow librarians and patrons alike to be able to search for books by genre, sub genre, historical time period, geographical location, etc.
As a recent audiophile, I want in on some of this advisory action. Thankfully, my aural needs are no longer left out of the loop. Listeners’ advisory, also referred to as listen-alikes, is becoming a much more sought after service in libraries and on the web. As an audio listener myself, I am well aware of the type of narrator I am most audibly attracted to. Ben Stein, if you ever think I am going to listen to a book narrated by you … think again. Monotonous readers are the scourge of the audio universe … personally speaking of course. Thankfully, NovelList has recently introduced their own audiobook recommendation engine, which allows me to pinpoint those exact vocal intonations which most stimulate my cilia. NovelList lets you choose your audio titles by listener appeal factors such as character accents, a full cast of narrators, a comedic narrator, a strong narrator, and so on and so forth.
Are you new to the audiobook arena and want to be directed straight to the heavy hitters? Check out the Audie Awards. These are awards bestowed upon spoken word entertainment/audiobooks which have been honored and presented by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). Another dependable source of audio authority is RUSA, the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association which compiles the The Listen List, a compendium of outstanding narration in audiobooks.
Finally, I would like to recommend one last website for the reader on the go (again … this means audio listeners), Audiobooker, a booklist blog by Mary Burkey, librarian extraordinaire, who writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets. Depending on the frequency of your audio listening, let’s get on the same wavelength and make some noise for the newest advisory service in town.