London (PRWEB) June 15, 2005
There can be few things more gratifying in life than finding a kindred spirit; someone who sees the world as we do, who enjoys the same intellectual challenges, who smiles at the same funny side of life. ItÂs something we all yearn for and yet, as we tunnel between work and family commitments, itÂs often difficult to meet people beyond our immediate circle, let alone someone with whom we can have a meaningful conversation.
The days of such intellectual isolation may be over thanks to ConnectViaBooks, a brand new Web site which allows people to meet kindred spirits in the safe and culturally neutral setting of cyberspace. As the name implies, these encounters are forged through a shared love of books.
You are what you read
ÂIn my experience, the books we read say a lot about our personality and interestsÂ says Flemming Madsen, the founder of ConnectViaBooks. ÂThe more books we have in common with a person, the closer in personality type we are likely to be.Â This was the inspiration behind ConnectViaBooks, which allows people to find others who have read the same books and share the same tastes. ÂThe time you most want to talk about a book is when youÂve just put it down.Â But isnÂt that what book clubs are for?
Book club with attitude
ÂBook clubs serve a slightly different need,Â says Madsen, ÂConnectViaBooks isnÂt just about sharing the latest novels. People may have favorite books on cookery, dressmaking or something more esoteric like Japanese prints.Â Whatever your hobbies and interests, you can now find others who have been inspired by the same writers. ItÂs a book club with attitude.
So how does it work?
Once you have registered, which is free for a basic membership, you can then draw on a huge database of 50 million books to create your own personal book lists. A book list may include books that you have read or would like to read. You can create multiple book lists to match particular interests or create lists consisting entirely of textbooks and other learned publications - thus making the site a practical tool for academics and researchers who may find it difficult to find others interested in their field.
And because itÂs possible to see if someone lives in your area, gardeners, clock restorers or academics for example, can arrange to meet.
Having created your book lists, you then tell the system to track down members who have chosen the same titles. As a further refinement, members whose lists match the greatest number of your own choices are ranked highest in your list of potential correspondents. From that point on, itÂs down to individual members to pursue the dialogue. Membership is international though initially most interest is likely to come from Europe, North America and Japan
To register go to http://www.ConnectViaBooks.com. ConnectViaBooks.com has been developed by Onalytica which helps organizations analyze their internal social networks.
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