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Old 05-06-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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New Bookish site - collaboration of 3 major publishers

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Lemgruber said the main goal of Bookish is to make recommendations about books that will appeal to a reader's particular taste. He compared the site to things like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes that mix information about movies with reviews and news. Editorial will include breaking news, author interviews, excerpts, reviews and other marketing materials that publishers feel will help readers pick a book, Lemgruber said. Although backed by Penguin, S&S and Hachette, Lemgruber stressed that Bookish will be editorially independent, covering books from all publishers (excluding vanity presses).
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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Are we right to assume that this site is a marketing mechanism to sell books released through the three companies involved in the site's creation? I expect it is, more of the same it seems to me.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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I don't know, are we??? Didn't know you were royalty... using the Royal "we" is a bit presumptuous otherwise... Personally, I'll go and take a look which should answer the question... you could try that also!


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Are we right to assume that this site is a marketing mechanism to sell books released through the three companies involved in the site's creation? I expect it is, more of the same it seems to me.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #5
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Well the site isn't live yet, but they do have a checkbox for if you are an author. I'm using the inner collective we.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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Do I want to belong to a social networking site like goodreads, which is publisher agnostic, and includes out of print books, indie-presses and self-published books, or do I want to join one run by publishers and appears to have the goal of steering me to in-print books from major publishers? Since they're also planning to sell books directly, it sounds like it's meant to be a direct attack on Amazon and its self-publishing business (and to a lesser extent, B&N and its self-publishing business).

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Old 05-06-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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One of those remarking asked a good question.

"Although backed by Penguin, S&S and Hachette, Lemgruber stressed that Bookish will be editorially independent, covering books from all publishers (excluding vanity presses)."

Just what do they consider 'vanity presses'? If I want a site that reports on books, I'd want the indie books from as many sites as possible in there as well. Not just ones from the main publishers.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:08 PM   #8
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Just what do they consider 'vanity presses'? If I want a site that reports on books, I'd want the indie books from as many sites as possible in there as well. Not just ones from the main publishers.
I presume they are referring to the presses that you can just pay to print and bind whatever you submit to them. I'm guessing it would be rather difficult to include self published works into whatever formula they're using.

Frankly I'm not sure how the site would be any more reliable than the "customers also bought" sections found on many online retail sites.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:33 PM   #9
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Do I want to belong to a social networking site like goodreads, which is publisher agnostic, and includes out of print books, indie-presses and self-published books, or do I want to join one run by publishers and appears to have the goal of steering me to in-print books from major publishers? Since they're also planning to sell books directly, it sounds like it's meant to be a direct attack on Amazon and its self-publishing business (and to a lesser extent, B&N and its self-publishing business).
We are liking goodreads ATM.

"I" would be wary of any site backed by big pub. Unless there are methods for little pubs to gain "administrative" privileges.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:02 PM   #10
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We are liking goodreads ATM.
Agreed. Yawn. Not innovative at all. I'm pretty happy with purchasing stuff from Smashwords/Amazon/etc. and getting my relevant reads through the user and reader-powered ecosystem of Goodreads and book blogs. That ecosystem could be more refined and streamlined, but I like knowing that books aren't arbitrarily blocked off just because of the business model the authors chose.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:26 AM   #11
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i am also a big fan of goodreads

as i understand, GR has currently acquired discovereads to bring book recommendations to GR as well. correct me if i'm wrong.

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Old 05-07-2011, 10:05 AM   #12
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Just what do they consider 'vanity presses'? If I want a site that reports on books, I'd want the indie books from as many sites as possible in there as well. Not just ones from the main publishers.
I suspect they will consider any ebooks published directly at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords to be vanity presses.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:39 AM   #13
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i am also a big fan of goodreads

as i understand, GR has currently acquired discovereads to bring book recommendations to GR as well. correct me if i'm wrong.
Ok, book recommendations based on a mathematical algorithm are never as good as book recommendations from a friend, or even a goodreads friend.
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i am also a big fan of goodreads

as i understand, GR has currently acquired discovereads to bring book recommendations to GR as well. correct me if i'm wrong.
The acquisition of discovereads was noted over a month ago but I've seen nothing of it yet on Goodreads. Hopefully they will have it implemented soon. I don't know the hang-up unless they are trying to integrate it into the Goodreads database which could be a real chore.
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This is certainly worth keeping tabs on. Takes all of ten seconds to register for updates and a notice when the site goes live. Neil
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