There are many RA blogs and tools that can assist with learning about the many aspects of this important customer service:
BookRiot – The largest independent editorial book site in North America, and home to a host of media, from podcasts to newsletters to original content, all designed around diverse readers and across all genres.
The 14 GREAT READERS’ ADVISORY TOOLS YOU MAY NOT KNOW blog posts includes helpful sites that you may already use. The article provides other less traditional sources and it includes a full descriptions of each tool:
- Goodreads – Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations
- Fantastic Fiction – Fantastic Fiction is an online catalog of authors and books for those of us who love to read fiction
- Kitchen Sink RA – This blog provides a list of linked genre tags as well as posts that offer lists of read-alikes
- LibraryThing – LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily
- Literature-Map – The reader enters an author’s name into the search bar and the tool produces other options
- What Should I Read Next? – What Should I Read Next? involves a simple search feature in which the user types in a book title or author
- Whichbook – Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs
- Your Next Read – This database walks you through itself as you go, making it extra user-friendly. Once you’ve navigated to a book’s page, a visual web of similar titles appears around the book in question
The blog editors also have a YouTube channel that is regularly updated.
Citizen Reader – The author of The Real Story: A Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests talks mainly about non-fiction titles.
Dewey Divas and the Dudes – The Dewey Divas and Dudes are book publishers’ representatives who comment on books and movies.
Loan Stars – A readers’ advisory tool that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles.
Nonfiction Readers Advisory – Nonfiction booklists, useful links, book reviews, and online publications.
Pop Goes Fiction – A former librarian reviews fiction titles and divides her list into genre categories.
Readers‘ Advice – This site has lists of authors with read-alike lists. Series and genre lists are also included. There are also RA tips and links to other resources.
Readers’ Advisory Secrets — A Conversation with Becky Spratford – Becky provides some practical guidance to new library staff on the art of readers’ advisory. She also outlines suggestions on how libraries can extend their RA outreach activities.
In the second installment of Secrets of Readers’ Advisory interview, more practical suggestions are offered including how to practice the RA interview. Becky also discusses recent trends in RA service including the popularity of audiobooks and eBooks.