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Old 03-18-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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Booklamp Beta launched

Interesting website at http://beta.booklamp.org which aims at finding you books to read by analysing the text of books you already like, in much the same way as Pandora does with music. It's in beta test at the moment, and has only a limited selection of books to analyse, but people are encouraged to give it a go and say what they think on the forums.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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oh, sounds great ! i loved pandora, i was so sad the day they limited access to the US residents... if Book Lamp works as well as Pandora it should be a lot of fun.
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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Greatest idea ever. Google should buy Pandora and booklamp, create some kind of relationship database? Amazon does this with what other people are buying option.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:43 PM   #4
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This is pretty neat, but I wish it had a better selection. If you want to see something somewhat amusing, take a look at what book most closely resembles George Orwell's 1984
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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This is pretty neat, but I wish it had a better selection. If you want to see something somewhat amusing, take a look at what book most closely resembles George Orwell's 1984
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:08 PM   #6
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This is pretty neat, but I wish it had a better selection. If you want to see something somewhat amusing, take a look at what book most closely resembles George Orwell's 1984
i think that's actually in the dictionary, as an example next to the definition of the word "irony".
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:21 AM   #7
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What is the URL for Pandora please?
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:30 AM   #8
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Does it do anything that Librarything doesn't?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:42 AM   #9
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What is the URL for Pandora please?
www.pandora.com (sadly it no longer works outside the USA)
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:45 AM   #10
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Does it do anything that Librarything doesn't?
It doesn't do very much at all at the moment, since it's more a proof of concept than a working thing. But it makes book recommendations based on computer analysis of text rather than personal opinion, so it does the same thing differently, really.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:06 PM   #11
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This is pretty neat, but I wish it had a better selection. If you want to see something somewhat amusing, take a look at what book most closely resembles George Orwell's 1984
For those who didn't sign up to see...

George Orwell's 1984 most closely resembles:

USA Patriot Act by The United States Congress

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Old 03-19-2008, 07:58 PM   #12
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www.pandora.com (sadly it no longer works outside the USA)
So I did have the correct URL. But it's the Music Genome Project. Nothing to do with books at all.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:22 PM   #13
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So I did have the correct URL. But it's the Music Genome Project. Nothing to do with books at all.
it's the same concept of recommendations based on a computerised analysis of the content of things you already like. booklamp is to books as pandora is to music.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:32 PM   #14
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i have a question... I watched the video on the site ; when he says "a gooey interface" is he talking about a GUI ??? and if yes, is that *really* pronounced "gooey" ????
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it's the same concept of recommendations based on a computerised analysis of the content of things you already like. booklamp is to books as pandora is to music.
It's not exactly the same.
Music Genome Project: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Genome_Project

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