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Bookish, LLC.
Bookish Logo.png
Type of site
Content Discovery,
Available in English
Founded 2011 (2011)
Headquarters New York City, United States
Key people Ardy Khazaei
Alexa rank Decrease 84,243[1]
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Launched February 2013 is a content discovery and ecommerce website devoted to books which launched in February 2013. The site allows users to browse an extensive database of books and authors, add books to user-created digital "shelves", get custom book recommendations, read editorial content and purchase physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks.[2]


Bookish was founded in 2011 in a joint venture backed by three of the "big six" publishing companies - Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster - with the goal of increasing the presence of book publishers in the book-buying industry (which was becoming increasingly dominated by due to the increased popularity of online bookstores), as well as to expand the overall book-buying market. The site was expected to launch in the summer of 2011, but the launch was delayed due to technical issues relating to data compilation,[3] as well as a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice in 2012 against Apple Inc. and five major publishing companies regarding the pricing of ebooks.[4] The site officially launched in February 2013 with the support of sixteen additional publishing companies.[5]

In early 2014, online ebook retailer Zola Books, attracted by the site's sophisticated “algorithmic software” that offers reading suggestions, acquired Bookish.[6]


  • Custom book recommendations
  • User-created digital bookshelves
  • Goodreads shelf-import feature[7]
  • Articles, newsletters, and author interviews
  • Book lists, reviews, and listicles
  • Online bookstore
  • eReader app for Android/iPhone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bookish Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Publishers Launch Online Site,, To Attract Readers, Sell Books". Huffington Post. 5 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bosman, Julie (6 May 2011). "Publishers Make a Plan: A 'One Stop' Book Site". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "United States v. Apple, Inc., Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Verlagsgruppe Georg Von Holtzbrinck GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC d/b/a Macmillan, the Penguin Group, a Division of Pearson PLC, Penguin Group (USA), Inc., and Simon & Schuster, Inc.". 
  5. ^ "Our Partners". 
  6. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (Jan 6, 2014). "Online Retailer Zola Books Buys Bookish". New York Times. Retrieved Mar 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bookish FAQ". 

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