While the experience of purchasing and reading books electronically is easy and convenient, online devices have traditionally struggled to replicate the serendipity of browsing a library or bookshop. A new app with the unlikely name of NCVRS aims help you find your next read by presenting covers that you can instantly swipe off screen to dismiss, consider, or mark as already read. Reminiscent of the dating app Tinder, it still falls short of the bookshop experience, encouraging snap decisions based solely on the cover image. Still it’s a good way to make you feel guilty at all the great books you haven’t read.
Quick addendum thanks to developer Peter Kay:
A Book Sprint is an intense writing collaboration among experts in a field to produce a published work in five days. The latest Book Sprint to be published is The Cost of Freedom. Written in Pourrières, France from 2nd ot 6th November, the book is a collection of essays, stories and poems aimed at raising awareness of Bassel Khartabil Sadafi, a Syrian Internet advocate who has been in prison since 2012. It is free to download in PDF and EPUB.
Publisher HarperCollins has launched CookPerk, a free email service featuring recipes from popular cookbook titles along with discounts and competitions. By basing the service around email, it makes an interesting contrast to the recent crop of web sites dedicated to communities of interest.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.