The page 99 test has apparently long been a staple of reader self-advisory. The thought is that page 99 will provide a core sample of the action so readers can evaluate before investing time or money in a book. Page99Test seeks to replicate this experience for the web, but has become a platform for small and self publishing.
The offerings are extremely diverse in genre, especially considering there are so few pages at this point. The concept is enticing as well; readers must rate the page to discover the title and author and get instant feedback about how others rate the title. It’s easy to get sucked in to the new author drama. It seems like this could be a beneficial platform for self published authors and e-publishing startups. It works well as a discovery tool and readers may be more likely to invest in an unknown once they’ve been primed with an investment-free sample. The UI is clean and pleasant, with a generic blond wood motif akin to iBooks.