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NYPL launches new book recommendation tool online
March 24, 2014 | 1:53 pm

book recommendation toolThe New York Public Library has introduced a book recommendation tool for its online catalog. The recommendations will factor in searches by the user using tags and keywords, according to Gigaom. The NYPL has partnered with Zola Books’ Bookish. The recommendations will be based on book data instead of user data. If a user searches for a specific book, they will get a list of recommendations based on factors of that book (not the user) The NYPL had offered recommendations based on titles other users were interested in. This change will gear books more toward the individual user rather than what’s popular now. This...

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?
January 22, 2014 | 3:04 pm

What is the answer to allow publishers to compete in the new world of the Internet on their own terms? On Futurebook, author Jeff Norton proposes that the publishing industry should do what the airline industry did in creating Orbitz, or the broadcast TV industry did in creating Hulu: create their own “arms-length new [venture] to offer credible and compelling services to consumers.” He writes: It strikes me that since the major publishers are facing a dominant digital player, there's an opportunity to form a new, arm's length e-reading ecosystem complete with site, device, and apps. ...

Zola Books acquires social media site Bookish
January 7, 2014 | 12:15 pm

bookishThe social media site Bookish has been acquired by Zola Books, Publishers Weekly reported on Monday. The site went live in 2013 backed by three of the five big publishers: Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. Zola founder and CEO Joe Regal told PW: "Zola and Bookish share a vision of a richer reader experience, connecting readers to their favorite books, authors, tastemakers they trust, and of course to other readers. E-books are becoming personal social networks. Not only can we can read them on phones and devices that we carry with us, but we can also share and comment right inside the...

Poll: More than one-third say they are reading more books because of reading devices
October 7, 2013 | 3:47 pm

E-readers and tablets have changed the way we read. It’s a simple statement, one that is surely to be true. But the question that needs to be asked is ‘how.’ USA Today and Bookish have attempted to answer that question by conducting a survey of 1,000 people across the United States. They also added a supplemental poll with 819 e-reader and tablet owners. The biggest change showed 40 percent of those surveyed say they own a tablet or e-reader, which is up from 18 percent in a 2011 Pew poll, according to USA Today. Of those, 35 percent report reading more books over...

One publisher, Tor/Forge, truly understands reader engagement
April 7, 2013 | 12:42 pm

It's easy to always talk about publishers who get it wrong, and yes, lots of them do. Bookish, anyone? (Where you can get recommendations, but it's all a one way street, and many, if not most, of their articles are aimed at books or authors published by the houses behind the site.) Tor, an imprint of Macmillan, gets it right. About once a week, they send out a newsletter packed full of information about movies, TV shows and books. Because they are a sci-fi/fantasy imprint, most of the news is about those genres, but that's OK. Most of their readers are likely...

Six alternatives to Goodreads
April 2, 2013 | 10:15 am

When Amazon announced the purchase of Goodreads, many readers were skeptical about the future of the social reading site. Goodreads allowed users to add reviews and keep track of the books they read and interact with others on the site. Some readers are concerned with how the site might change and are looking for an alternative. Here are a couple of sites that you might consider: Library Thing – The site claims to have 1.6 million users and calls itself “the world’s largest book club.” Books are catalogued from Amazon, The Library of Congress and other sites. It should be noted that Amazon is...

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture
March 16, 2013 | 4:45 pm

BookishWhile it’s odd to think of an organization backed by the  Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster as a startup, Bookish, the new book-recommendation and -discovery site is essentially that. After two years in development under three CEOs, Bookish is now a reality, a place where users can get recommendations—based on titles or groups of titles they know they already like—and then, importantly, purchase them. Like the Random House project BookScout, the idea, on one level, is to facilitate discovery across the industry, for the good of the industry. And while users can discover just about any book, the books they can purchase...

Bookish Now Has E-Reading Apps. Hooray?
February 18, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Earlier this month, I wrote about the launch of Bookish. At the time, their e-reading apps were "coming soon." And now they are here. Are we impressed? Not really. It's a bare bones e-reading app with nothing to recommend it. The Android version isn't bad. You can override publisher defaults to get some font and formatting choices. There is a night version, if you like that, and you can personalize both background and text colors. The layout on the page is serviceable but unexciting. I'd still say you're better off downloading the book and using Aldiko, which does work with Adobe...

Bookish Impressions
February 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Bookish has launched with much fanfare. Some good. Some bad. Nate over at The Digital Reader had an amusing look at their terms of service. DBW has three reasons they will succeed and three reasons they will fail. Hedging their bets much? So I decided to try using the site and assess it from a usability perspective. The first thing I tried didn't work out so well. There's a big box in the middle of the page that says "Enter a Book." I assumed I would enter a book title and get some recommendations based on that title. Failing that, I thought at...

Morning Links — Will Bookish Succeed?
February 7, 2013 | 8:30 am

eReaders Not Selling Well in German Bookstores (The Digital Reader) Why Using Creative Commons Licensed Material is Not as Easy as it Looks (Techdirt) Bookish: Will it Succeed? (Digital Book World) Libraries Lobby Publishers to Change eBook Policies (Penn Live) Kindle Daily Deals: Justice Denied by J.A. Jance (and 3 others)...

Morning Links — DRM, Plagiarism and other nasty things
February 5, 2013 | 9:00 am

Copyright, Plagiarism and the Internet (The Guardian) U of Chicago Press Launches DRM-Free eBook Line (Boing Boing) Kobo Lowers Commission Rates on Affiliate Program (Good e-Reader) Bookish Launches New Website (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: The Pain Scale by Taylor Dilts (and 3 others)...

Bookish, New Digital Destination for Readers, to Launch Summer 2011
May 6, 2011 | 3:41 pm

Screen shot 2011 05 06 at 3 39 56 PM From the press release: Bookish (www.bookish.com), a new digital platform for readers, is set to launch this summer it was announced today. Backed by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster, Bookish has been designed to provide readers -- from the most casual to the most dedicated -- with a personalized experience connecting them with their favorite authors and books through original editorial features, unique tools and more. The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is partnering with the site to engage users with Bookish content across the network's wide range of destination sites; AOL will provide advertising sales...