What is Bookish.com?

What is Bookish.com? From The New York Times: “Publishers Make a Plan: A ‘One Stop’ Book Site”, it appears that AOL, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster are up to something. What that something is, remains to be seen.

Billed as a one stop destination for book readers and book buyers, it appears to be an attempt to unify the up-to-this-point disparate online efforts of book publishers. Is Bookish.com going to be a new rival for Amazon.com …?

“The site intends to provide information for all things literary: suggestions on what books to buy, reviews of books, excerpts from books and news about authors. Visitors will also be able to buy books directly from the site or from other retailers and write recommendations and reviews for other readers.”

Time’s Techland (“Could Social Reading Site ‘Bookish’ Become ‘IMDB For Books’?” has some additional thoughts about the website, which “promises to be part content, part retailer and part recommendation engine.”

Even more additional information comes from Publishers Weekly (“S&S, Penguin, Hachette Back Bookish, Online Book Site”), noting that a Pandora-like book recommendation approach appears to be a main focus: “Bookish is being built as a platform for discovery.” In terms of content it appears to be borrowing upon the model of RottenTomatoes.com (Could the same approach for movie news and reviews also work for book news and reviews? Interesting):

“Editorial will include breaking news, author interviews, excerpts, reviews and other marketing materials that publishers feel will help readers pick a book”

At the moment, the bookish.com website is Gabbo-like in its mysteriousness. The Bookish Blog does have some additional insights about what they appear to be up to. In the meantime, it looks like we’ll find out, when we find out.


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