From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bookish, LLC.
Bookish Logo.png
Type of site
Content Discovery,
Available inEnglish
Founded2011 (2011)
HeadquartersNew York City, United States
Key peopleArdy Khazaei
(CEO), Chris Sim (CTO)
AdvertisingWeb banners
LaunchedFebruary 2013 is a content discovery and ecommerce website, which launched in February 2013, devoted to books. 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.[1]


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,[2] 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.[3] The site officially launched in February 2013 with the support of sixteen additional publishing companies.[4]

In early 2014, online ebook retailer Zola Books, attracted by the site's sophisticated “algorithmic software” that offers reading suggestions, acquired Bookish.[5]


  • Custom book recommendations
  • User-created digital bookshelves
  • Goodreads shelf-import feature[6]
  • Articles, newsletters, and author interviews
  • Book lists, reviews, and listicles
  • eReader app for Android/iPhone
  • Online bookstore

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Publishers Launch Online Site,, To Attract Readers, Sell Books". Huffington Post. 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ Bosman, Julie (6 May 2011). "Publishers Make a Plan: A 'One Stop' Book Site". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "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".
  4. ^ "Our Partners". Archived from the original on 2013-06-27.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (Jan 6, 2014). "Online Retailer Zola Books Buys Bookish". New York Times. Retrieved Mar 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bookish FAQ". Archived from the original on 2013-07-02.

External links[edit]