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Love of A.S. Byatt = basis for a date?

Ever just wish you could find someone who loves Lydia Davis/Milan Kundera/David Sedaris as much as you do? Alikewise is here to help.
Describing its goal as “Dating Based on Book Tastes,” Alikewise is a free dating service for literary folk. Says the site:

Alikewise is about finding common ground based on what you like to read. Imagine a dinner party where you wander over to your host’s bookshelf, and strike up a chat with the person next to you. You loved The Black Swan? Me too.

Other sites say they know what makes people compatible. We’re skeptical of that promise – after all, many great romances would never have happened if they were determined by checkboxes and questionnaires.

We think it’s better to find an area of passionate interest, and let you take it from there. If you like discovering people as much as you like discovering books, let Alikewise give you something to talk about.

Simply plug in the age range you’re seeking, a location, and a book title or author, and Alikewise provides profiles of like-minded bookworms. (Presumably, you’d be able to make a match based on mutual hatred of an author or book, too.)

The site is free for now, though the founders warn they’ll likely start charging a fee in the future. So readers: if you dream of a literary match like Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida’s—or Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss—act now.


Literary Partners