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Idea: Instant book reviews

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Just trying to go through some ideas for a new online venture, feel free to give feedback.


When I am buying books (usually as a gift for someone) I often need to go through titles I never heard about. It's quite difficult to decide which one is good. It would be great if I can just take a picture of the cover with my mobile phone and it would instantly show me real time reviews from the readers (via Takealot or something).


Could also show prices in different stores too.


Users should also be able to review books on the platform that way I/We can build up our own database of reviews and become the Imdb of books.

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Tried it. It's not really convenient on mobile and does not give you a digest of info just a bunch of similar images.


Okay, but if the app could do all this behind the scenes...and just give the results...then it could be cool



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There already is an app for this:





Appname: Goodreads

Website: Goodreads.com


The first book that I tested did show up, front page and name of book. But there were no reviews for it.


Next book I looked up, had all the details:


  • Number of pages
  • Publishing date
  • Description of book
  • Similar books list
  • Community reviews

Actually pretty need. Have not tested it on South African books.

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