Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

05/07/2011

The First Ultimate Online Book Site Has Arrived!


Bookish.com will be the ultimate site for all things literaryThree major publishers…Penquin, Hachette Book Group and Simon & Schuster…have committed to financing a one-stop book marketing and selling site.

The site will be called Bookish.com and will be operational late this summer.

“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.”…Julie Bosman , NYTimes.

From Julie Bosman:

Publishers Make a Plan: A ‘One Stop’ Book Site

Publishers have spent a lot of time and money building their own company Web sites with fresh information on their books and authors. The trouble is, very few book buyers visit them.

In search of an alternative, three major publishers said on Friday that they would create a new venture, called Bookish.com, which is expected to make its debut late this summer. 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.

The publishers — Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA and Hachette Book Group — hope the site will become a catch-all destination for readers in the way that music lovers visit Pitchfork.com for reviews and information. The AOL Huffington Post Media Group will provide advertising sales support and steer traffic to the site through its digital properties.

“There’s a frustration with book consumers that there’s no one-stop shopping when it comes to information about books and authors,” said Carolyn Reidy, the president and chief executive of Simon & Schuster. “We need to try to recreate the discovery of new books that currently happens in the physical environment, but which we don’t believe is currently happening online.”

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6 Comments »

  1. Interesting. I have to admit that the Kindle Store is the only place I go anymore to get new books, but competition is good for the consumer!

    Comment by taureanw — 05/08/2011 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  2. Taureanw, I agree wholeheartedly! And thanks for your input.

    Comment by gator1965 — 05/08/2011 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  3. I’m always glad to see the publishing industry reach out to the customer. But I have to admit there are already tons of book web sites like Good Reads and author sites like Red Room where urgent book discussion goes on every day. When I catch wind of any kind of book, from NPR etc. — the first thing I do is go to amazon. I trust customer reviews far more than I trust reviews in the NY Times.

    Comment by Christina — 05/10/2011 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  4. @Christina – Thanks for your input. I agree with you on the customer reviews, they are much more trustworthy & interesting…AND there are many book & author sites on the net (some fair & some bad); but the subject 3 major publishing houses are trying to combine and improve on what many separate sites are doing kind of hodgepodge…Hope they are successful and offer the consumer a value site.

    Comment by gator1965 — 05/10/2011 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  5. I’m wondering, though, if the big book houses are going to listen to us. They seem to determine trends — like rich kid sob stories, Indian (yawn!) narratives etc., when there is so much exciting writing around. I think the reason the other sites, and amazon reviews have become so influential is the people have the power to talk to each other. If the big book sites are still trying to tell us their lame authors are great? No good. They need to use this new site to listen to us — not dictate what they want the new trend to be.

    Comment by Christina — 05/10/2011 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  6. @Christina – Your points are well articulated and I agree with them. I believe the new site’s purpose, however, will be to let the new writers and readers set the tempo and energy…not to market their own stable of authors…that was the whole idea expressed in their business plan for the site “Bookish.com”

    We will see for ourselves when the site comes online late this summer, won’t we?

    Comment by gator1965 — 05/10/2011 @ 8:27 pm | Reply


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