Thursday, September 4, 2008

HarperCollins Launches Authonomy

After several months of private beta testing, HarperCollins has just gone live (and public) with

What is authonomy? According to the website:

authonomy invites unpublished and self published authors to post their manuscripts for visitors to read online. Authors create their own personal page on the site to host their project - and must make at least 10,000 words available for the public to read.

Visitors to authonomy can comment on these submissions – and can personally recommend their favourites to the community. authonomy counts the number of recommendations each book receives, and uses it to rank the books on the site. It also spots which visitors consistently recommend the best books – and uses that info to rank the most influential trend spotters.

We hope the authonomy community will guide publishers straight to the freshest writing talent – and will give passionate and thoughtful readers a real chance to influence what’s on our shelves.
I haven’t had an opportunity to spend much time on the site yet, but I like the “Pitch me!” feature at the bottom of the homepage that describes new books in a couple sentences. If you like the pitch, the book is just a click away.

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