Riffle, a social media site built exclusively for readers, has finally launched. Riffle has visual appeal. A window full of covers fills the browser and, after clicking one that attracts your attention, the cover pops to fill a quarter of the screen while a brief synopsis appears beside it. Click a buttons above the description: Want to read, reading now, have read, recommend, and share or choose nothing and return to the homepage to gander another book cover.
Starting your account is simple. Log in with facebook and answer five questions then you’re good to go. Riffle then asks for genres you’re interested in which may be your most important decision because what’s chosen determines which users you follow. You’ll discover new books via network recommendations and your network is based upon what you like so pick your interests wisely. What are you reading now? What books do you like? What genres are you interested in? Welcome to Riffle!
From the homepage you can star books you’re interested in, mark the books you’re reading, check books off you’ve read, and heart books to recommend them. The Foundation Pit is a book I’ve announced to my friends that I’m interested in.
After users star recommendations you’ve made it’ll build an influence score. Hopefully this reduces the probability you’ll be sifting through hundreds of covers before finding something you think is worth reading.
This site did give me a few problems. Three of the favorite books I listed upon starting my experience never appeared in my profile and later, when searching for books, the search bar did not accept the return command. That’s a major error, and it’s not clear where Riffle pulls novels’ information from.
But the best part of this site is your profile. Twenty one questions pair books with events in your life, like What book keeps you awake at night? Otherwise the site is simply big, beautiful covers and that’s what we at Church Publishing like about it. Visual is not a term commonly attributed with literature and as technology continues to alter perception maybe the social media site will usher in a day when you really can judge a book by its cover…that is until a friend falls asleep with your favorite book under her bed lamp.