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7 May 2013

Online guide helps readers discover new authors

Almost 2,500 adult fiction authors are now included in an online guide that helps signpost readers to new books and authors.

Whoelsewriteslike.com is an invaluable reference tool to support readers who have read everything by their favourite fiction authors and are looking for similar writers. The online database searches authors by genre, nationality and style, as well as identifying major prize winners and books that are suitable for young adult ‘crossover’ readers.

This useful web tool supplements the popular Who else writes like… a readers’ guide to fiction authors which is now in its seventh edition and has been updated by new editor Ian Baillie to include geographical settings, historical eras and other contexts favoured by different authors. The online version includes all authors from both the sixth and seventh editions.

Who else writes like… has been developed by LISU, part of Loughborough University’s Department of Information Science.

LISU Director Claire Creaser said: “We are really pleased to be able to supplement Who else writes like with an online edition. The world of adult fiction is constantly changing, with new authors being published and new genres emerging all the time. With the online edition, we can keep up-to-date with the changes, as well as including more authors and additional material which just can’t be fitted into the book.”

www.whoelsewriteslike.com is available on subscription to individuals, schools and libraries. For a free two-week trial please visit the website.

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Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 13/72

1. Whoelsewriteslike.com was originally launched in 2010 and now includes 2,480 authors across all fiction genres. The updated online database includes all authors from both the sixth and seventh editions of the book.  

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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