Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Penguin Group Launch Bookish.com
Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group and Penguin Group (USA) have created a website to discover and buy books called Bookish.com. Bookish.com is supposed to be “a one-stop, comprehensive online destination designed to connect readers with books and authors.”
Bookish.com gives publishers the opportunity to increase their presence on the web. The website has interviews, reviews, recommendations, and links to retailers from Amazon.com to local sellers that are selling the books associated with them. Publishers have control of how the book is promoted.
Bookish was first announced in 2011, but the website hit a snag with data compilation. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five book publishers including the three that started Bookish for allegedly price fixing e-books. The Justice Department approved of Bookish, but whenever the publishers talk they have to make sure that they conform to DOJ rules.