I. Classifying and Rating a Book

Having registered a book the author can classify and rate the book. The process of classifying and rating a book is not limited to authors. Readers are encouraged to classify and rate books as well. It’s entirely possible that a reader may decide a book belongs to a Genre in addition to the one(s) an author selected. The process is detailed below.

1. Go to the Services section of the Website

2. Within Services, select Member Services

3. Within Member Services select Review a Book

4. Select a Genre. A single book may be classified as belonging to one or more Genres. For each selected Genre, fill in the following information:

a. The name of the member Classifying and Rating the book

b. Book title

c. Book ISBN (with dashes as necessary)

d. Up to 9 traits rated subjectively by the member. A rating of 0 means Not Applicable. A rating of 1-9 indicated the how the book fits within that trait. For example, if the trait is Plot, then the value assigned to the trait by the member will range from Simplistic (1) to Well Drawn (5) to Complex (9). Ratings are entered on a sliding scale. If multiple members rate the book the trait values will be averaged so that no single opinion takes precedence over the others.

II. Expressing your Preferences within a specific Genre

Once we have a library filed with books that have been rated and classified by readers and authors, it will be possible to recommend those books to individual readers based on their expressed preferences. Here’s how a member can specify his or her reading preferences:

1. Go to the Services section of the Website

2. Within Services, select Member Services

3. Within Member Services select Create/Update Preference Profile

4. Select a Genre. A member can specify his or her tastes within as many Genres as they wish. Each Genre has a trait-rating scale that maps to the scale used to rate books. In addition a member can specify how important a particular trait is with a Genre and how important a specific Genre is within the population of Genres. Maybe a reader likes Science Fiction but doesn’t care much for Cook Books. Or perhaps a reader likes a Complex Plot in Mysteries but would rather have a Simple plot when it comes to Romance. For each selected Genre, fill in the following information:

a. The name of the member creating the Preference Profile

b. The relative importance of this Genre within the database where 0 means Not Important at all while 1-9 means most important (1) through least important (9).

c. Up to 9 traits rated subjectively by the member. A rating of 0 means Not Applicable. A rating of 1-9 indicates how the book fits within that trait. For example, if the trait is Plot, the value assigned to the trait by the member will range from Simplistic (1) to Well Drawn (5) to Complex (9). Ratings are entered on a sliding scale. If multiple members rate the book trait values will be averaged so that no single opinion takes precedence over the others.

d. A rank for each trait within that Genre. For example, a trait that isn’t important at all to the reader would be ranked 0 whereas the other traits would be ranked 1-9: most important (1) through least important (9).

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