NetGalley Acquires Bookish.com

NetGalleyNetGalley announced today that it has acquired Bookish.com, a digital resource that offers author interviews, book recommendations and literary roundups.

Bookish.com was founded by Hachette, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster, and launched in February 2013. It was acquired by Zola books in January 2014, along with Bookish Recommends, a book recommendation engine.

Bookish will function as a sister company to NetGalley and will remain an editorially independent, standalone site. Zola Books will retain Bookish’s book recommendation technology, which they have rebranded Zola Recommends.

“I’m proud of how the Zola Books team built Bookish.com into the vibrant and exciting experience it is today,” said Zola Books CEO Joe Regal. “As Zola intensifies its focus on creating superlative book technology services, we are delighted that Bookish.com will have an opportunity to fulfill its mission under NetGalley’s stewardship.”

Going forward, NetGalley and Bookish.com will explore ways to connect the editorial content between the two websites.

“We are very excited to bring Bookish’s consumer-facing, curated, editorial voice to the NetGalley family,” said NetGalley and Firebrand Technologies CEO Fran Toolan. “We view Bookish.com as yet another way that our client publishers can help their books succeed.”


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