One of the biggest struggle bookworms have is figuring out what to read next. Should you go for the classic that’s been sitting on your shelf forever or something new that critics have been raving about? Maybe you’ve heard really good things about that new sci-fi YA book, but you’re really in the mood for a sweeping and dramatic romance. Thanks to Harper Collins’ Epic Reads chatbot, book lovers will be able to choose their next literary adventure with ease. The popular book community which promises to be the “YA community of your dreams” has created a chatbot that’s fun, engaging, and helpful.
The Epic Reads chatbot is accessible on Kik and Facebook Messenger, and gives book recommendations in an awesome variety of ways. Whether you’re looking at a specific genre or something similar to your favorite writer, the bot will make sure you find something. With a number of excitable GIFs featuring the charisma of Margot Wood, this bot has all the charm of your favorite bookish friend or the really cool librarian that changed your life by handing you your first Diana Wynne Jones book (seriously, read the Howl’s Moving Castle book if you haven’t already). The questions are all pretty straightforward and whether you only have a vague idea of what you want to read or are just looking for a random suggestions, they’ve got you covered.
It’s a great way to discover some new stories and maybe even get a glimpse into the Epic Reads community. Epic Reads is a Young Adult book site though, so if you’re looking for some extended religious metaphors that reflect the condition of the human race in a sad 19th century Russian town filled exclusively with middle-aged men suffering from ennui, this probably isn’t your scene. Even if it is, YA is doing some exciting, thoughtful, and innovative work and we think it deserves more attention from readers of all ages. Literary types often write of the category as juvenile, unoriginal, or watered-down, but Epic Reads knows that’s not true.
Who knows, even if you don’t necessarily buy that book right then, you might pick it up the next time you find yourself at a Barnes and Noble.
What do you think about a book-recommending bot? Are you going to check out the Epic Reads chatbot for your next literary adventure?