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 [...]

One publisher, Tor/Forge, truly understands reader engagement

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Susan Lulgjuraj
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 [...]

Bookish Now Has E-Reading Apps. Hooray?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 Joanna Cabot
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 Joanna Cabot
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 Paul Biba
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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