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Old 01-14-2017, 04:07 PM   #1
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How Kobo Harnesses the Power of Big Data to Keep Booklovers Reading

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Choosing your next read can be an agonizing process. With limited time and infinite choice, readers regularly cite the difficulty of selecting the “right” book as a barrier to reading more.

To help make discovery easier, Rakuten Kobo is harnessing the power of big data on their eReading platform. With a catalog of more than 5 million books and millions of readers around the globe, Kobo is able to take voluminous amounts of data and process it into helpful recommendations.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:06 PM   #2
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I feel like I should tell them not to bother on my account. 50 some years of reading and I've never ONCE had a problem finding my next read....

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Old 01-15-2017, 09:05 PM   #3
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I feel like I should tell them not to bother on my account. 50 some years of reading and I've never ONCE had a problem finding my next read....
I'm just hoping that the recommendations will eventually start being for books I might actually want to read. I will agree finding the next read has never been an issue -- thankfully, I read fast enough that my TBR pile stays manageable.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:25 PM   #4
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...thankfully, I read fast enough that my TBR pile stays manageable.
That's just a lame excuse for being a slow book buyer. Get some Delphi Classics (they now have a discount on supersets), and your TBR will be through the roof for less than €25.

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Also, no big data from me. My reader never connects to the internet after the initial setup. Wifi is off. I actually created a dummy (empty) account for setting up this reader.

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Old 01-16-2017, 05:28 PM   #5
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I have yet to find the recommended reads helpful because it is you picked up this book so you will like that book, without knowing whether you actually liked the book.
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That's just a lame excuse for being a slow book buyer. Get some Delphi Classics (they now have a discount on supersets), and you're TBR will be through the roof for less than €25.

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Also, no big data from me. My reader never connects to the internet after the initial setup. Wifi is off. I actually created a dummy (empty) account for setting up this reader.
You sound a bit like me, LOL! My Aura HD hasn't been connected in nearly 3 years. But I do think I'll use my Aura ONE on wifi from time to time. The Overdrive feature is too nice not to. I think I'll make more use of Pocket as well.

My TBR is always through the roof. Doesn't help that I like to re-read favorite books or series from time to time....

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You sound a bit like me, LOL! My Aura HD hasn't been connected in nearly 3 years. But I do think I'll use my Aura ONE on wifi from time to time. The Overdrive feature is too nice not to. I think I'll make more use of Pocket as well.

My TBR is always through the roof. Doesn't help that I like to re-read favorite books or series from time to time....
I wrote "you're" where I should have written "your", and you quoted it so I can never ninja-fix this. That it. I can't live with the shame. Good bye, cruel world

Well... I've reread my entire paper library at least twice because of lack of space in the past. Even now, I reread everything as ebooks. I'm now in my 12th reread of LotR (on paper). So...

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I have yet to find the recommended reads helpful because it is you picked up this book so you will like that book, without knowing whether you actually liked the book.
Kobo is always recommending me books I've had in my library (and bought at Kobo) for several years already. "You might also like..." Yeah. Have it. Read it. Twice. Stop recommending it in your e-mails.

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