Publishing consultants want to foster competition among retailers by making consumers miserable

By Chris Meadows
May 29, 2014 // 9 Comments

I’m not a publishing industry “insider.” I admit that. I know I pontificate from time to time, and have opinions very strongly expressed, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m “just” a consumer and a very interested onlooker who’s been observing the field from the outside for [...]

NYPL launches new book recommendation tool online

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

The 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 [...]

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Zola Books acquires social media site Bookish

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The 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 [...]

Poll: More than one-third say they are reading more books because of reading devices

By libertyc
October 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

One publisher, Tor/Forge, truly understands reader engagement

By libertyc
April 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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, [...]

Six alternatives to Goodreads

By libertyc
April 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Feeling Bookish: CEO Ardy Khazaei on the real aims—and real benefits—of the publisher joint venture

By Brian Howard
March 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

While 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 [...]

Bookish Now Has E-Reading Apps. Hooray?

By libertyc
February 18, 2013 // 5 Comments

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 [...]

Bookish Impressions

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Morning Links — Will Bookish Succeed?

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Morning Links — DRM, Plagiarism and other nasty things

By libertyc
February 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Bookish, New Digital Destination for Readers, to Launch Summer 2011

By libertyc
May 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Bookish (, 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 [...]

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