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Looking for a Good Book: Searching for Fiction using Computer-Mediated Retrieval Mechanisms

Denice Adkins & Jenny E. Bossaller

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


Finding a “good” fiction book is perhaps more challenging than finding subject-specific information. Multiple fiction access points have been proposed in the literature, though due to their complexity, few were adopted for library use prior to the advent of the World Wide Web. A comparison of Web-mediated sources of book information finds that online booksellers make greater use of fiction access points than libraries or reader advisory databases, but that some fiction access points are seldom used at all.

In developing an understanding of how users look for fiction using computer-mediated sources, this research will enable both libraries and the book publishing industry to provide meaningful access to works of fiction while diminishing effort spent on irrelevant or unnecessary access points. With this poster, we hope to continue the dialogue on how readers find new "good books," and open debate on how access to those books can effectively and meaningfully be provided in the digital environment.

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