May 8, 2008 - Books & Authors, the new reader's advisory product from Gale, is now included in the collection of Discus resources provided for all South Carolina citizens. Replacing the product known as What Do I Read Next?, Gale describes Books & Authors as "the ideal convergence of science and serendipity" and notes that the database "leverages the Internet's unique capacity to create, build, communicate with and sustain communities of readers."
In addition to the standard browsing and search capabilities to be expected in a reader's advisory database, Books & Authors goes several steps further with interactive and dynamic features that allow users to store reading and search lists, create their own reviews and ratings, and generate easy-to-understand diagrams of search term relationships. Books & Authors also has an appealing contemporary look with a toolkit that includes the ability to export content to popular Web 2.0 tools such as del.icio.us, Digg, Newsvine and Furl.
With content that includes over 140,000 titles and 50,000 authors, Books & Authors brings together readers and the books they love and is a valuable addition to the Discus collection.