A new book club platform by the name of Novellic is launching soon with plans to challenge Goodreads.
From the press release:
The new multiplatform app and web service aims to help readers form new micro-communities around book genres and tailors book suggestions around specific reader interests. Book club management tools such as next-read polling, book discussion threads and offline meetup organisers are also built into the app to facilitate the community aspects of book clubs on a day to day basis.
“In building Novellic we are placing the reader first and foremost” said Candide Kirk, the company’s co-founder and product designer. “As a genre reader myself I see book clubs as a great way to discover new reads and to make friends through communities of like-minded readers.
Novellic will also feature a highly curated and personalised book storefront giving readers an alternative way to buy both physical as well as digital books. With a strong focus on micro-genres and niche reader communities Novellic will initially cater to 25 key fiction genres that have strong reader following. Whereas existing bookstores tend to combine genres such as Science Fiction and Fantasy, Novellic will curate books into more specific micro-genres such as Space Opera or Dystopian fiction to better cater for the tastes of readers.
The platform is in beta, and they're currently accepting a limited number of beta testers.
Has anyone tried it? Would you like to? And would you be interested in writing a post about it?
I ask because I could probably get an invite, but I wouldn't be able to get the most value from it. I'm not social enough on Booklikes, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, Wattpad, or other similar platforms and so readers would probably get more from someone else's post.
Let us know if you get in. Readers would like to know how Novellic compares to its (many) competitors.