There is a a longstanding need to allow people to easily find the “quality” books (whatever that means in your context). This has been discussed here: Add a “recommended” status
Recently I’ve been thinking about using Pinterest for this, and would like feedback from the community. Here is my experimental Pinterest board of Bloom books. Imagine if we could get members of the Bloom community to manage boards like that (Pinterest allows multiple people to co-manage board).
Here’s how it would work, from the perspective of the curators:
We would provide a button to easily “pin” a book. “Pinning” a would save the book cover and name, along with the url, to your Pinterest account. In this mockup the Pinterest button is in the upper right:
So as a curator, you would go through BloomLibrary, selecting books and adding them to your board. You can also choose a “Section” of your board in which to put the link to the book. You could then publish the url to your board where ever you like. BloomLibrary.org could also feature a list of these boards prominently, so that people find out about them.
These Pinterest boards could be “owned” by their curators or, if we want, Bloom itself could have a Pinterest account that “owns” the boards, and we would then just give curation permission to people who want to help out with them.
Here’s what mine looks like at the moment, when logged in with my own account:
A user might find out about your board via any number of channels, including just seeing it listed when they visit the Bloom Library. They would not need a Pinterest account. Clicking on the link to your board, they would see something like this:
Clicking on these covers, the user can get back to Bloom Library and read or download the book.
Try it out!
To experiment with making your own list of Bloom books:
- Create an account on Pinterest.com
- Get a browser add-on that makes it easy to pin books (wouldn’t be needed if we added the “save” button shown above). The Chrome one is here.
- Go to the details screen of a book on on BloomLibrary.org. Click your new Pinterest “save” button. The first time, you’ll need to create a new Pinterest “board” for books.
- When you’re ready, share the URL of your board in a reply here, for the rest of us to look at.
What do you think?
Is this a good way to go for meeting our curation need? A big win for us, the developers, is that we get to leverage all that is in Pinterest with very little programming/maintenance effort. The obvious downside is that users will be bugged by Pinterest to create an account, and may be shown some advertisements. What do you think?