There have been many other kicks at this can, perhaps most famously the firefly project that came out of MIT.
Unlike commercial services that seek to use aggregated reader/listener/viewer preferences to drive sales, whichbook.net is a non-profit setup, run by librarians.
While I’m sure this service will be useful to some — Stephen says “I threw in some criteria and got books that i had read that fit the bill perfectly and some books i hadn’t read.” — I’m perplexed by this set of selections. Do people really choose books this way? Do you say to yourself “I could use a good read, something extremely gentle, a little disgusting and very bleak?”
I realize that my random “books that have interesting covers” method is prone to failure, but this seems a little too intentioned for my tastes. Like genetic engineering for books.