Riffle offers features that let you connect your books to readers efficiently!

Riffle offers features that let you connect your books to readers efficiently!

Riffle is (yes, another) new platform promising to connect publishers, authors, books and readers, and bring book discussions into the Facebook Newsfeed. But by using the best features of many of the best social media sites, they may have stumbled upon a winning combination. Let’s take a look inside and see how you can make Riffle useful in your own author marketing!

At first glance, we like the ease of use (get on quickly using Facebook) and the platform (looks a bit like Pinterest, but for books – click the image at right to view larger). You can follow folks easily a la Twitter, and Riffle will give you plenty of suggestions of folks to follow. You can add books and check them off once read, like Goodreads, but rather than a rating it’s a heart icon for a like (again, like Pinterest). And, like Klout, increased engagement increases your influence score…

Then there are their book lists (a la Amazon, but frankly cooler and easier to find/engage with). We think this may be their strongest feature and definitely something authors should do (both create a list of your own, and encourage others to add your books to relevant lists).

The other feature we love is the Riffle: Twenty Questions! A great idea, super conversation starter and chance to immediately jump into the “conversation” with your own book recommendations. How it works is, you answer each question by adding a book. So instead of long-winded answers from folks you may or may not know – Riffle cuts right to the heart of the matter – Books ARE the answers. This section feels a bit Tumblr-esque – fun and frothy but still relevant.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of their twenty questions. There are also Q’s included about several specific genres:

  • What were your favorite books growing up?
  • What have you read recently?
  • Which books would you hope your soulmate has read?
  • What are your favorite books by your favorite author?
  • Which books would you automatically recommend to a friend?
  • Which books kept you awake at night?
  • If you could only save a few books from a fire, which would they be?
  • What books have changed the course of your life?


Riffle1As you can begin to see, these provide an opening to share your favorite books as well as your OWN books in at least a couple of answers, one more way to keep your name and your book out there and drawing attention from a new audience.

It remains to be seen how much of an author marketing impact Riffle will have, but it’s worth the time to set it up, check out the lists and answer the twenty questions.

The best part of the site is that it’s definitely structured to be user-friendly (click on the left image to see an enlarged help menu), so it won’t take you — or your readers — much time at all to stop by and engage And as a reader, it’s a fast and user-friendly way to find your next read, too!

Are you using Riffle yet? If so, tell us how and let us find and follow you there, too!

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9 thoughts on “How to Find Readers on Riffle

  • August 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I can’t see how to upload a book of my own onto this site.

    • August 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I’m not sure I understand, Sarah – you don’t upload books at Riffle – you pick books you like… You can certainly include your own in the list (your title and cover image for your 2013 release does come up – I just checked), answer Q’s, etc. – It’s a social media site… Does that help?

  • July 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These sites are popping up now that Goodreads has become so popular. I joined a couple a while back and nothing became of them. They only attracted a few hundred people and then those people quit going to the sites. I will wait and see what happens to this one.

  • July 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks, Shari, for keeping us up to date. I signed on and answered all the questions, but then nothing showed up. Not as easy as it looks?

    • July 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Uh-oh! I’m going to go in tonight and give ’em more of a try to see… I did find that if I clicked on the question itself, it’s a link to all the book answers affiliated w/ it… 🙂

  • July 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Wow, something new. I hadn’t heard of this and will definitely check it out. Sounds interesting!

    • July 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I haven’t had time to play with it yet, but definitely looks like fun!

  • July 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

    There are so many sites out there, and I am just hearing about Riffle for the first time today…
    I guess I will have to add this to my list of Things To Do…

    • July 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Sigh… I know, right? The list gets longer and will be very interesting to see if this one has legs!

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