Well, Well, Well… BookRiot…

So #BookRiot [link to its TBR thing] has came up with a brilliant idea, this time, charging you $15 (quarterly) or $49 (annually) for tailored digital book recommendations, and the other option (they call it the “hardcover level”, see below) totals to a little less than $80 inclusive of shipping. I quit upon seeing the payment options though. Cheap-f-skate-me! I mean, #BookRiot already does a great job sending me weekly recommendations based on my preferred genres, and I am beyond satisfied with it (alongside many other book sites I’m subscribed to).

Anyway so let’s dive in to their TBR thing.

See, first question on their FAQs. These people are honest.

Don’t get me wrong. I love paying for things. I pay for all my Kindle books – I don’t have a decent library support system around me (I am not, not serious); I never hesitate to pay for apps and games (except Words With Friends, which is evil and complicated, but I love their evil and complicatedness, because I’m probably as evil and as complicated as them), and I recently just paid for a PDF copy of a literary journal. But to pay for this? Well, it seems to be quite very far-fetched, at least for book nerds like me. 

Alright, alright. This is brilliant, but for one-time passive readers. What kind of one-time passive readers, you may ask? You know, the ones who’d go through the steps and leave it up to their bibiliologist to decide for them, and change their bibiliologist when and ever they are unhappy with them. Then again, there’s the golden demographic – the senior citizens, who could really use this, I agree. And not to forget, the well-off demographic. They don’t care what they’re in for, so as long as they’ve got some hardcovers arriving at their doorstep every three months.

But when though? I mean, one genre could have really many books. If I get pissed with the selection, how long before my bibiliologist is finally removed and replaced with a smarter one? Also, am I really dealing with a human bibiliologist, or AI a robot?

 Lastly, I’ll leave you with this:

Key word: “try”

For those non-passive readers, I’d say just stick to your guns. You’re doing fine. You don’t really need this. Is it worth a try, like a surprise box thingy? That’ll be for you to find out. However, with that money, might as well spend it on literary causes (e.g. Sand Journal) that support budding writers. Okay, your money, your choice. I’ll shut up now.

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