Bookish: A new website to find and learn about books

The book publishing industry has just released a new website, Bookish (http://www.bookish.com), designed to “to engage more readers with more books, more authors and with one another.” The website, which was primarly funded by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA, and Hachette Book Group, also includes books from 16 other publishers including major ones such as Random House.The Bookish website describes its purpose by stating:

Users will find a variety of tool on the website including:

1. SEARCH
Find your favorite books and authors–it’s easy! Our rich catalog includes book descriptions and author bios, related videos, other books by the author, Essential reading lists, the latest stories from around the web about specific books and authors and much more.

2. DISCOVER
Explore our unique recommendation tool by inputting books you’ve recently read. Can’t settle on one title? Our dynamic tool lets you expand your search with multiple title selections.

3. READ
Enjoy original book-related pieces, including author exclusives, essential reading lists and video interviews. Our staff of well-read editors cover books in 18 popular categories.

According to an article in the New York Times, Bookish was originally scheduled to go live in the summer of 2011, but was delayed due to updates to the site, including its book recommendation engine. The New York Times articles states,”its creators argue will be the most sophisticated available. Instead of relying essentially on the taste of other customers with similar preferences, as most recommendation engines do, Bookish’s tool takes into account critical reviews and awards. Eventually it will even reflect the insights derived from a reader’s own nuanced description of books — for example, that the reader found a book to be exciting but unsatisfying.”

The Huffington Post quotes the Bookish CEO Ardy Khazaei, “”Bookish was created to serve as a champion of books, writers and, most importantly, readers. Ultimately, we seek to expand the overall marketplace for books, and whether a book gets into a reader’s hands via Bookish’s e-commerce partner or another retailer, everyone – from the publisher, to the retailer, the author and the reader – wins.”

The site interface is very easy to use and book recommendation engine useful, if you are looking for a new book try it out!

References:

Kaufman, Leslie. “Bookish, New Web Site, Provides Information on Books and Authors”, The New York Times. February 4, 2013, http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/bookish-new-web-site-provides-information-on-books-and-authors/?smid=pl-share.

Italie, Hillel. “Publishers Launch Online Site, Bookish.com, To Attract Readers, Sell Books”, Huffington Post. February 4, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/05/publishers-launch-online-_n_2621901.html.

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