Rabble Reads: Death to the Sock Puppets!
Rabble Reads: Death to the Sock Puppets!
Rabble will provide aggregated book reviews from trusted, verified sources for both indie and traditionally published titles.
Rabble will provide aggregated book reviews from trusted, verified sources for both indie and traditionally published titles. Read more
About this project
Unless you have a lot of free time on your hands, chances are you don’t spend hours online, scouring newspapers and magazines for book reviews.
Which can be a problem if you’re a book lover looking for something great to read.
And even if you do have the time, chances are The New York Times probably has a different opinion of a title than The New Yorker does. And don’t get us started on People vs. the not-always-kosher reader reviews on Amazon and GoodReads where, as a Cornell sociologist recently pointed out (referring to Amazon), “…a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons.”
Sounds crazy that a small group of people (or, sock puppets, who post fake online reviews that wreak havoc with the whole system) could have so much power over how certain books are judged. And choosing your next read is hard enough without a Mission Impossible-type counter espionage scenario going on. The truth is, even if there’s not any hanky panky, there’s still the question of whether a title is worth the cash and time it will take you to read it.
So where can a book-lover go to find a compilation of trusted reviews and a snapshot rating of the newest traditionally published titles or a brilliant place to sort out all those indies?
The answer is Rabble, a website that will aggregate trusted, verified reviews into consensus, like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes do for movies. Rabble’s team, made up of zealous and intrepid book-lovers (and many of the same people who brought you IndieReader), will scour the publishing landscape, pull a sentence or two from each review (pre-vetted to insure its credibility, with a link to the complete review source) and come up with a consensus for a final Rabble score—to insure that you, the busy reader, don’t have to.
In addition to being able to see immediately where a book rates on the Rabble scale, the site will also be a brilliant place to explore. There will be lists, via the Rabble Listatron 300, that include the best to worst rated titles, author interviews, and much much, more. And for the first time anywhere, indie titles—those cool books that are being picked up weekly by the Big 5 publishers but are still mostly shunned by mainstream reviewers—will rub shoulders with traditionally published books, just like god intended.
Fact is, the publishing world is changing faster than you can say Random-Penguin-Schuster. Indie bookstores, those bastions of helpfulness which gleefully recommended the best new titles, are scarce. What's needed, almost more than another season of Homeland (right NOW), is a great place to find out how your faves rate, and discover new authors and titles.
With your help, Rabble will be that resource.
Who We Are
Back in ’07, when self-published books were still considered mostly vanity projects, Amy Holman Edelman—author, voracious reader and life-long PR pro—launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self published books and the people who write them. Today, IR gets over 100,000 visitors a month and its weekly best seller list is a must-read for those in both the trad and indie publishing biz.
Tyler is the owner of Tyler Doornbos Design and has been IndieReader’s “resident geek” since its launch in ‘07. He designs, builds and keeps the show running from the technical side and aims to do the same for Rabble.
Daniel is the author of the independently published comic book “The Portland Underground” and a contributing columnist at IndieReader. He also works as a freelance filmmaker and is the person responsible for bringing those drunken sock puppets Zelda and Erwin to life for the Rabble Kickstarter project.
Risks and challenges
The team at Rabble Readers are many of the same people who brought you IndieReader back in '07. We know how to create something that fills a need for readers looking for a better way to discover great books. And we will not be stopped!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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