Yesterday NPR published their 2016 Book Concierge, an app featuring more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Published annually since 2008, the app uses filters like “Staff Picks” or “For Music Lovers” or “It’s All Geek To Me” (or a combination of filters) to help users search for the perfect book from 2016 to read or gift.
NPR member stations were invited to submit their own local book coverage, whether it was an author interview or review of a notable book in 2016. They compared member station submissions to the books selected for the NPR Book Concierge, and matches in the app now include a URL to the local station’s coverage. (Like this.)
My local member station submitted their book coverage, and I’m pleased to report that eight books featured in reviews by Watermark Books & Cafe owner Sarah Bagby and six books featured in my Marginalia podcast of author interviews are now included as part of NPR’s bonus content.
If your local station does not feature book coverage, I highly recommend that you propose that they do with you serving as the expert. And if your station doesn’t know where to begin, the director of content at my station, KMUW, is willing to share how we do it… from clocks to production to ensuring the content gets to NPR One. (They’ll know what she’s talking about.) If you’d like to receive her contact information, send me an email here.