It's hard to find a good book. It's even harder to find a new book that has few or no reviews or sales history from an author you don't already know. The Story Elements system finally makes it possible.

The main approaches conventional ebook stores use to help you find a book rely on word-of-mouth and "similar titles" tables. Sites like GoodReads can help with this. These work great… but only for books that have been out for a while and happen to have already been discovered and highly reviewed by someone else. What about all the new books? What about all the books that never got lucky enough to have a great reviewer stumble upon them?

When it comes to initial discovery, conventional ebook stores still act as though they're made of bricks and mortar-as though you can just wander through the stacks in a particular genre and find a book through serendipity.

We have news for these stores: there aren't any stacks on the Web! And a particular genre can contain thousands, even tens of thousands of books. If there were stacks, they'd be higher than the Empire State Building. Good luck finding any book.

Now, Even More Than Fifty Shades!

The usual genres just don't work hard enough. Most books don't really fit in one particular category. Imagine if Douglas Adams were an unknown independent author. On what shelf would a bookseller put his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Science Fiction. Now, what if you were browsing the gigantic, Empire State Building-high Science Fiction stacks in hopes of finding a funny science fiction novel? Remember, you've never heard of Douglas Adams. Your chance of finding his book would be like finding a particular star without a star chart.

Scribl greatly increases the odds of finding the next unknown Hitchhiker's Guide. We created 20 specific Story Elements to let you find exactly the right book. Instead of aimlessly wandering through broad Romance, Horror, or Fantasy categories that include a lot of books you don't want, you can zero in on a romantic book that contains magic and has a creepy feel. Or you can hunt for a book with a sports theme and a main character who's Roman Catholic. Or a violent action story set in Europe. If none of these elements appeals, there are several billion other combinations to try.