At long last, the publishing industry’s much-delayed book discovery platform has finally arrived. Bookish, a collaboration between Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Penguin, went live yesterday.
And just what has a year and a half of work produced? The home page spotlights bestsellers and new releases, alongside exclusive content like an essay from Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert tut-tutting Philip Roth. There’s the option of receiving updates via newsletter. Browsers can also purchase, let’s say, Michael Bolton’s new memoir directly through the site.
It’s pretty clear the point of all this hullabaloo is to wrest some control away from Amazon.