BookAuthority

Personalized book recommendations from top industry leaders

#3 Product of the WeekJuly 31, 2017
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BookAuthority is a service that gives you personalized book recommendations from top industry leaders

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Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
Hey Product Hunt! Over the past six months, we have collected thousands of book recommendations from renowned industry leaders. People like Bezos, Zuckerberg and Gates; Thiel, Andreessen and Altman; Seth Godin, Andrew Chen and Gary V; Marty Cagan, Laura Klein, Jakob Nielsen and 100+ others. Today we’re excited to launch BookAuthority - a service that helps you discover the very best business books, based on those experts’ recommendations. BookAuthority allows you to select from a dozen areas of interest such as startups, design, product, marketing, productivity or leadership. It then produces a personalized reading-list tailored just for you. You can recommend books yourself, mark books that you want to read, and track books you’ve already read. We hope you’ll like it as much as we do! I would love to hear your feedback and answer your questions.
Avishay Jesse Segal@aj_segal · Biz dev and branding expert
@liorgrossman awesome tool!
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@aj_segal Thank you Avishay! Glad to hear you enjoy it
Bo Wang@bluemonk482 · Researcher, AI, NLP
@liorgrossman How does it work? Why does it need my fb login? It is personalized because it extracts info from my fb or selecting an interest area, if the later can it really be called personalized?
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@bluemonk482 Hi Bo. We use Facebook Connect as a means to sign up to the service, so users can quickly build a profile and save their preferences, get book recommendations, recommend books, and save books for later reading. Facebook Connect saves users a lot of hassle, since in 2 clicks (no typing whatsoever) you get a profile, with your name, title and photo, and you're able to log in later any time and from any device. That's an important part of user experience in my humble opinion. We also use Facebook to determine which books you've read in the past, and which books you have recommended, and our algorithm adapts the recommendations accordantly.
Bo Wang@bluemonk482 · Researcher, AI, NLP
@liorgrossman Nice! Sounds good!
Ram Rayavarapu@ram_rayavarapu · Founder @collegestash.info, founderbooks
@liorgrossman This is almost similar to http://founderbooks.com
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
Aziz Morsly@azizmorsly · Founder Nibduck
@bluemonk482 @liorgrossman not sure why FB is the only option. I never use FB signups, I'm more than happy to sign with email and spend 15sec giving my name etc.... You should give users the choice on how they want to engage with your service and not decide what is best for them.
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@bluemonk482 @azizmorsly Hi Aziz, thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately we have limited resources at the moment. Developing sign-up flows for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email, including authentication, importing user data and building a profile, is quite a huge task. If we had more resources, we would probably offer more than 1 way to connect and let the user choose. However, since this is not the case, we had to choose one way to allow users to sign in. We chose Facebook since it's more commonplace than Twitter and LinkedIn, and allows for quick creation of user profile. We understand that some users cannot or don't want to use Facebook as a means of logging in, and that's OK. That's a trade-off that we have to make, because if we had to support log-in with all platforms, that might have delayed our launch in several months. In any case, this is only the first public version of BookAuthority, and I'm certain we will add other means of signing up in the future.
Maya Bisineer@maya_bisineer
@liorgrossman congrats! Looks great. How do you actually collect recommendations? Are these books the influencers have mentioned on their sites/fb etc or are they explicitly recommending them to you?
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@maya_bisineer Thank you! As of now, about half of our authority profiles were created by online research (people like Elon Musk, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates) and half were creating by contacting the authorities directly via email and getting their recommendations (e.g. Ken Blanchard, Nir Eyal and Sam Hurley)
Nir Eyal@nireyal · Author of "Hooked" blog at NirAndFar.com
Congrats to @liorgrossman and team! Nicely done.
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@nireyal Thank you Nir, and thanks for the great book recommendations you've given us!
Gal Dubinski@galdubinski · Co-Founder at Poptin
There's a big need for your platform. Great job there! Are you planning to add an inner rating system?
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@galdubinski Thank you Gal. There's already an inner rating system for BookAuthority, but it's very subtle at the moment. As a user, you can click "Recommend" next to any books (that's probably the equivalent of the like button), and it will impact the book's rating. Not as much as a recommendation by Bill Gates, but be sure that it does impact the rating. In addition, once you click recommend, a small panel shows up, than enabled you to rate the book (1-5 stars) and write down a one-line review of the book (we prefer to keep the reviews short and concise). Hope this answers your question.
Gal Dubinski@galdubinski · Co-Founder at Poptin
@liorgrossman sweet! :)
Haim Pekel@haimpekel · CEO & Co-founder @ Press on It
Way to go, looks like an awesome resource. I'm definitely using this one...
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@haimpekel Thanks Haim! Glad you find it useful :)
Deandre Durr☀️@dredurr · Growth Hacker
This is pretty dope 🚬🚬
Lior Grossman
Maker
@liorgrossman · Co-Founder & CEO, Wikiwand
@dredurr Thanks Deandre!