May 18, 2022

The Book Recommendation Service is Now Live

Last week we reported that was expected to go live on Tuesday.

Well, it’s now Tuesday AM in the U.S. and the service, the result of an  “exploratory project” at the U. of Utah is live.

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Our post from last week has background you might want to have before using BookLamp.

One feature we’re having fun with at the moment is the ability to browse titles by their “Story DNA.” You’ll find a link to do this directly below the search box at the top of the homepage. Here are books sorted by titles with a high DNA scores for Communications Technology/Cell Phones/Email and Libraries/Books/Studying. Also, heres’s the entry page for a specific title, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

You can learn the differences between Story DNA and Genre here  and Story DNA and BISAC codes here. We couldn’t find an explanation (from the perspective of the developers between  Story DNA and LC Classification, LC Subject Headings, or DDC. Many questions are answered in the FAQ and a site about the Book Genome Project.

See Also: Interview: “Boise-based startup BookLamp looks at books a different way” (via Idaho Statesman)

See Also: A Blog Post from the Founder, Aaron Stanton

See Also: BookLamp, a “Pandora Like” Book Recommendation Service Set to Go Live Next Week (INFOdocket, August 11, 2011)

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Note: Worth noting that the Book Genome Project uses technology to determine the underlying data required to power BookLamp. Pandora uses humans to get the data they need (Music Genome Project) to power their service. Here’s an incomplete list of Music Genome Project music attributes and some of the terms used to describe pop/rock music.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.