One of the pitfalls of online book-shopping is the loss of stumbling upon a book you never knew existed, then proceeding to buy five more books than you initially anticipated. In comes iAuthor.uk.com, who believe that recreating the serendipity of the bookshop is what online book-shopping needs and is the hybrid baby of Dymocks of the digital age. Not only can you discover new books, but if you are an author you are able to showcase your work for free. Thus, allowing you to connect with readers and publishers all over the world
How does it work? Well, 'All content is user-generated. This allows authors and publishers to engage directly with readers on iAuthor's image-centric interface. No editor's picks. A true democracy' (iAuthor.uk.com). Once you sign up to the website you can opt to join their mailing list, whereby, you pick a genre (or 4) and they will send you a weekly newsletter containing 3 unique and refreshing books for you to explore. And let's be honest, who doesn't like the idea of 3 brand new books every week (12 if you choose 4 genres, see English majors can still use maths!)?
If you are an author looking for a platform to showcase your books, look no further. iAuthor allows you to upload your work for free, and off into the pool it goes ready to be picked up by someone wanting to read it. As with any platform there are a set of regulations to follow in order to ensure that the quality is up to scratch. A list of these rules can be found here.
If you think iAuthor sounds like a positive and community driven way to spread stories, I encourage you to visit the site: http://www.iauthor.uk.com/ and take a look around.
Thanks for reading,
Chelsea A. Cook