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BookChums: A Better Alternative To Amazon's User Reviews for Indian users

Post by: Lakshita Grover

Reading is an expensive pass time. Considering we read books (talking about fictions here) once, we really need to pick them carefully. For instance, I remember buying Mistress Of Spices and was stuck with the book. I had paid a reasonably large sum for it and it was such a drag. It was then that I made a promise to myself to buy books only after reading book reviews. In other words I pledged to begin judging a book by its review (and not movie) before I bought it.



Now on most websites such as Amazon or Good reads (being the ones I follow) I do not find reviews of recent Indian books. I am a huge fan of such authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Hemant Kumar and Manju Kapoor, but these websites don’t have much dope on them. Moreover, the reviews are not detailed, well-researched or sometimes seem like a plug. But BookChums has a wonderful book review section that has been very useful to me. They have super reviews put up by avid bloggers and those who take a keen interest in books and then there are those reviews submitted by Bookchums itself that are much more elaborate. Along with the book, they also examine and compare the subject matter and writing style of the author to other books written by him/her.



For readers like me contributing reviews is a good idea since along with expression, reading other contributors’ book reviews teaches me how to look at situations and people differently. After I do write my review I make it a point to read other’s review on the book to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and style.



With more than 1900 book reviews from classics, nonfiction to recent releases the website has some good pieces of reviews that rightly show you which book is of your interest or which book should be thrown in the dump.  From age-old books like
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to modern classic The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, there is a review on BookChums for almost every title I can think about. For instance, the book review of Watermelon by Marian Keyes, a super funny chick lit, actually prompted me to go ahead and buy this novel. Also, I was not into thrillers before I read the review on Chanakya’s Chant that made me buy my copy and I did not regret my decision at all.



Also I find the website BookChums very user friendly. The site Amazon though a master with books by foreign authors looks boring and verbose. The reviews on Amazon are shallow and harp only about one facet of the book. I find the reviews on BookChums well-rounded and thought about. So for me the website is a clear winner. 

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I like the visibility it gives its users as well.
The updates look nice.
The author interviews are good. Oh and the blogs too.
Thu,Dec 8th 2011 10:13 AM
I agree with your view.
BookChums has quite a good collection of books by new Indian authors.
It makes it easier to read a bit about their work before picking up their books.
Thu,Dec 8th 2011 9:57 AM