A few weeks ago I tweeted, with great indignation, about Play Store’s list of recommended books for me. Yes dear friends, I am still harping on about this and I feel the need to explain myself in more than 140 characters.
Kindle (and even good old fashioned paper) works very well for me, so I was quite indifferent when I saw that Play Store was now selling books. By the way, for iOS and Windows users, Play Store is not what you’re thinking – it is the app world for Android users.
So anyway, one evening I decided to browse through Play Store, added a few books to my wishlist, which included authors such as Brent Weeks, Orhan Pamuk, TanTwan Eng and Khaled Hosseini and then, since it is usually quite helpful on other sites, I thought I’d take a look at what Google Play Store would recommend I read … and there it was … in all its gushy glory … the trashy romance novel! And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, there was 101 Best Jokes! as well as – dare I say it – (cover your innocent eyes if you under 18) – 50 Sex Tips for Him and Her.
Those dirty rotten scoundrels!
Since it is the Google Play store, one would assume that they would link one’s Google searches to what they recommend one reads. Right? So, one would assume I typed into the search bar ‘I am 16 years old, mindless, loveless and hopelessly naive’, so they recommended the romance novels.
Another thought is that I might have Googled ’how to impress a date’, so they threw into the mix the 101 jokes and sex tips books.
Needless to say, I never did those Google searches. Ever.
Ok, so I may have once (or twice) asked Google to pleeeeeeeeeeeeease find me a picture of (a shirtless) Daryl Dixon and that’s why they gave me The Walking Dead. No, not really - well, yes I did really Google (a shirtless) Daryl Dixon – but I am a true TWD fan, so there they did good.
Well, that shocking experience got me updating my Goodreads profile, Amazon and Audible wishlists – no more slacking there – and clearing my cookies (Daryl Dixon search be gone) and, since I ordered a Mark Lawrence book from Play Store, I see that, while the list of recommendations still includes far too many love and lust reads, they are now only visible from line 5 together with Baby Food Made Easy (I know! I’m as speechless as you are), A Tale about Tails and The Tiny Fork Diet (LMAO!).
On a serious note, Google Play Store is great and just because I choose not to read romance novels doesn’t really mean I think that there is anything wrong with them and I mean no disrespect to anyone who reads the odd Mills & Boon every now and then. I think that as long as people are reading something – anything – that’s great – then at least there’s less time for them to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!