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Books in the Media (BIM) is a new reviews curation and aggregation service focused on the UK and Ireland created by The Bookseller.
Books in the Media (BIM), launched in beta on November 12 2018, pulls together book reviews from a huge variety of sources ranging across all the national newspapers, consumer monthlies, specialist book journals and radio & TV books coverage.
The Bookseller’s chief executive, Nigel Roby explains “The challenge for all of us as readers is to decide which book to read next. Fewer of us buy newspapers and those papers publish fewer book reviews. Books in the Media pulls together hundreds of reviews and recommendations, weights them, sorts them into genres and delivers them each week via email.”
Alongside the weekly email newsletter, www.booksinthemedia.com publishes short extracts from each review and links out to the original source. “We all tend to be a bit tribal in our media.” said Roby “If you happen to be a Daily Mail reader, then you are very unlikely to know that The Guardian has raved about a new novel that might just be spot on for your next purchase. Books in the Media will mean you don’t miss out.”
As well as national media and magazines, Books in the Media includes shortlists and winners of major book prizes when they are announced. As reviews coverage in the press has been squeezed, prizes have become an important way for readers to discover new books.
Books in the Media aims to drive customers to physical bookshops and support independents. Roby again “It was important to get Books in the Media launched in time for Christmas book-buying. Despite recent announcements on business rates relief, operating on the High Street is tough and we want to help indies in any way we can.”
After its beta launch, the Books in the Media service moves on to developing a range of added value content and functionality for subscribers to The Bookseller including advanced search options, a database of book prizes with key dates, a bespoke branded digital download of the week’s top reviews for independents and a BIM widget for shops to include on their own websites and digital communications.
How we calculate the Books in the Media star rating
The Books in the Media team read every new review from our publication list and assign it a quantitative score out of 5. This is fed into our database where a weighting is applied based on the influence and reach of the publication. Other factors can also affect the BIM final star rating, including whether a title has been shortlisted for a major award or selected to appear on a national media slot such as Radio 4’s Book of the Week.
Once these weightings are calculated, a final Books in the Media star rating is applied and that is used to rank titles. The rating can and will change over time as new reviews feed in or nominations for awards are added.
We don’t apply a BIM star rating until at least 3 reviews have been added to a title to stop outlier early reviews skewing our rankings. In these cases you will see a ‘Score Pending’ message shown in place of a rating.
About The Bookseller
The Bookseller has been the weekly business magazine for the book trade since 1858. It runs The British Book Awards, the YA Book Prize, the Futurebook Live conference, two other market-leading conferences and website www.thebookseller.com .