Bookish Launches, Backed by Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster

Feb 05, 2013

Bookish a one-stop online destination designed to connect readers with books and authors, launched, providing visitors with exclusive content and insider access to A-list writers.

A joint interview with crime fiction writer Michael Connelly and prize-winning suspense author Michael Koryta, revealing that Connelly had begun a book centering on a school shooting prior to the tragedy in Sandy Hook. The article also features juicy tidbits about both Connelly and Koryta¹s upcoming books. The editors of The Onion offer humorous reviews of the latest bestsellers and classic books in an ongoing series that will kick off with the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and landmark business tome The Art of War. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, takes on Philip Roth's vocal condemnation of the writing profession. Bookish provides visitors with a first look at the first chapter of Harlan Coben's upcoming psychological thriller Six Years.

With the backing of Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, as well as the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers, and Perseus Books Group, Bookish will provide readers with original and exclusive content about books and writers, while also allowing users to conveniently browse, discover and purchase new reads without leaving the site.

The Bookish editorial team, made up of journalists, book editors, and industry professionals, will update the site daily with features. Visitors to Bookish looking to find their next book will also benefit from the site's recommendation tool. After inputting up to four books from a specific category, Bookish will quickly generate recommendations from a proprietary algorithm that factors in editorial themes, professional and consumer reviews, publishing house editor insights, awards and more.