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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
(CEO), Chris Sim (CTO)
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

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