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14 January 2010 | PR 10/03

New online guide inspires everyone to try a new author

A new online version of ‘Who else writes like…?’, a guide designed to help lovers of fiction discover new authors, has been launched by LISU at Loughborough University.

The sixth edition of the ‘Who else writes like...?’ book was published in 2008.  It points readers in the direction of other writers they might like to try, by recommending up to 12 alternative authors, who write in a similar style to each of the 1,970 authors included in the guide.

The online version - www.whoelsewriteslike.com - builds on the book and currently has 144 more authors included, as well as recommending up to 16 alternatives for each author.  Users can browse by genre or go straight to an author of interest, check up on characters or the latest prize-winning writers, and follow the links to authors' websites for additional information.

The original content for both the book and the online version of ‘Who else writes like…?’ was compiled by Roy and Jeanne Huse.  They have over 50 years combined experience in libraries and were advised by a panel of librarians from across the UK and in Australia.  Jeanne continues to be responsible for regularly updating the online version, actively supported by two practising librarians.

Speaking about the new online version, Jeanne Huse said: “This very informative guide is now readily available worldwide.  A very recent visit to Australia, during which I visited several libraries, has confirmed to me the value of both the printed and the new online version.”

LISU's Director, Claire Creaser added: “Technology makes it easy for websites to make automatic recommendations based on other users' clicks and links, but it is good to know that a considered, expert opinion is still valued.  This guide is compiled by experienced librarians with input from across the UK and Australia, and with a starting point of the most popular authors in terms of UK public library loans.  This combination of reader popularity and expert opinion make this guide invaluable for all who love reading, not just for librarians.”

Licences for full access to www.whoelsewriteslike.com are available for individual use as well as for libraries and schools, and there is a seven-day free trial.  For further information visit: www.whoelsewriteslike.com, call +44 (0)1509 635680 or email lisu@lboro.ac.uk

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

1. LISU is an internationally renowned research and information centre for library and information services, based in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University.  It collects analyses, interprets, and publishes statistical information for and about the library domain in the UK, and undertakes research and consultancy projects for a wide range of organisations.

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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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