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Bookish Launches With High-Profile Exclusive Content: Michael Connelly On The Book He Needed To Stop Writing; The Onion Editors



Bookish Launches With High-Profile Exclusive Content: Michael Connelly On The
  Book He Needed To Stop Writing; The Onion Editors Review "Fifty Shades Of
 Grey" And "The Art Of War"; "Eat, Pray, Love" Author Elizabeth Gilbert Takes
On Philip Roth; Excerpt From The Upcoming Thriller "Six Years" By Harlan Coben

Backed by Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, New Website
Offers Comprehensive Destination for Book Lovers Seeking Insider Insights Into
Great Reads and Authors

USA Today Collaboration to Include Showcasing Bookish Book Previews on
USAToday.com & Content Sharing Between Both Web Properties

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bookish (www.bookish.com), a one-stop,
comprehensive online destination designed to connect readers with books and
authors, launches today, providing visitors with exclusive content and insider
access to A-list writers. Notable launch stories include:

  o A joint interview with legendary crime fiction writer Michael Connelly and
    prize-winning suspense author Michael Koryta, revealing that Connelly had
    begun a book centering on a school shooting prior to the tragedy in Sandy
    Hook. The article also features juicy tidbits about both Connelly and
    Koryta's upcoming books: www.bookish.com/connelly

  o The editors of The Onion offer humorous reviews of the latest bestsellers
    and classic books in an ongoing series that will kick off with the erotic
    novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" and landmark business tome "The Art of War":
    www.bookish.com/onion-reviews

  o Elizabeth Gilbert, renowned for her bestselling memoir "Eat, Pray, Love,"
    takes on Philip Roth's vocal condemnation of the writing profession in an
    exclusive essay that also features her singular perspective on the
    benefits of living life as a writer: www.bookish.com/gilbert-roth

  o With Harlan Coben's latest psychological thriller "Six Years" debuting
    March 19, Bookish provides visitors with a first look at the book's first
    chapter: www.bookish.com/coben-excerpt

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130205/NY54097LOGO)

With the backing of Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, as well
as the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House,
Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers, and Perseus Books Group, Bookish
will provide readers with a wealth of original and exclusive content about
books and writers, while also allowing users to conveniently browse, discover
and purchase new reads without leaving the site.

Celebrated authors, personalities, and public figures will be at the center of
interviews, articles, opinion pieces and more throughout the weeks following
launch, including Po Bronson, Rhonda Byrne, Susannah Cahalan, Nelson DeMille,
Lauren DeStefano, Lucy Hawking, Mary & Carol Higgins Clark, Ellen Hopkins,
Jamaica Kincaid, Karen Kingsbury, Brad Meltzer, Susan Orlean, Rachael Ray,
Jake Tapper, Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick and Teddy Wayne.

The Bookish editorial team, made up of seasoned journalists, book editors and
industry professionals, will update the site daily with features that give a
fresh and compelling perspective on books and authors. With copious original
book coverage about authors and inside information on upcoming books each
week, the site lets visitors engage with great reads and writers across 18
popular categories in sections devoted to subjects ranging from "Fiction &
Literature" and "Young Adult" to "Biographies & Memoirs" and "Cookbooks, Food
& Wine." 

Visitors to Bookish looking to find their next book will also benefit from the
site's state-of-the-art recommendation tool. After simply inputting up to four
books from a specific category, Bookish will quickly generate recommendations
from a proprietary algorithm that factors in editorial themes, professional
and consumer reviews, publishing house editor insights, awards and more.

Each title featured on Bookish has its own book page. These dedicated pages
showcase a range of elements, including:

  o An easy-to-access preview of the first chapter through Bookish's e-Reader
  o Related book videos
  o A roundup of Bookish's must-read lists in which the book has been
    spotlighted
  o A newsfeed of the latest stories from around the web related to the book
  o A brief book description
  o Cover art
  o Other books by the same author

The site also features similarly robust author pages, whether the writer is a
modern bestselling novelist like Jonathan Franzen or Patricia Cornwell, a
legendary literary figure such as Jane Austen or Ernest Hemingway, or an
up-and-coming writer like Kevin Powers or Michael Sears.

In addition, visitors to the site can:

  o Seamlessly share their actions on Bookish with followers and friends on
    Twitter and Facebook
  o Create a virtual shelf of favorite books that they have read and/or a
    wishlist shelf for books that they want to read
  o Share personal book reviews and star ratings on the site

Bookish also gives users the option of buying both physical books and e-books
through a seamless process on the site (powered by its e-commerce partner
Baker & Taylor), or to easily click through to a retailer of the user's
choice, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble or IndieBound, to purchase their next
read. In addition to e-commerce, Bookish will also derive revenue through
digital advertising sales.

"Bookish was created to serve as a champion of books, writers and, most
importantly, readers," said Ardy Khazaei, CEO, Bookish. "Ultimately, we seek
to expand the overall marketplace for books, and whether a book gets into a
reader's hands via Bookish's e-commerce partner or another retailer,
everyone–from the publisher, to the retailer, the author and the reader–wins."

To heighten Bookish's consumer awareness and reach, the site is collaborating
with USA TODAY. As part of the initiative, Bookish's e-Reader technology will
be integrated on USA TODAY's site enabling visitors to preview books and get
recommendations. As part of the collaboration, Bookish's original book-related
content will also be syndicated through USA TODAY's site. In return, Bookish
will feature USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list and more.

Visitors can expect to see additional interactive features rolled out over the
next few months as the Bookish team works continuously to enhance the site's
user experience.

"Bookish is creating an ideal destination for readers that gives them
experience, trusted recommendations and exclusive content," said David Young,
CEO, Hachette Book Group. "The website's content and offerings will be
informed by the insights of publishers, and will connect books and readers in
innovative ways. We're very excited about this central community for books and
authors."

"We're very pleased to present and support Bookish, another example of our
ongoing commitment to using technology to connect writers with readers
everywhere," said David Shanks, CEO, Penguin Group (USA). "By combining
resources with our partners, we're creating a robust site that will become a
go-to destination for all book lovers. We look forward to receiving consumer
feedback as new features and functionalities are added."

"Today's launch is a banner moment for readers, authors and publishers alike,"
said Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO, Simon & Schuster.  "Bookish utilizes
the publishers' deep knowledge of our titles together with cutting edge
technology to help readers make informed choices, and we look forward to
growing and evolving the site in the service of helping readers find books." 

About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a
division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher
in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company,
Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit,
Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Digital. For more information, visit
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com.

About Penguin Group (USA):
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned
Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and
children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and
trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press,
Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books,
Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap,
Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com)
is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

About Simon & Schuster:
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field
of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and
nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and audio
formats.  Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon &
Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster
Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United
Kingdom.  For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.

About Bookish:
Bookish LLC is backed by leading publishing houses Hachette Book Group (HBG),
Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster. Launched in 2013, the site is a
comprehensive online resource designed to connect readers with books and
authors.  For more information, visit www.bookish.com.

SOURCE Bookish

Website: http://www.bookish.com
Contact: Laura Goldberg, +1-347-683-1859, or Sandra Correa, +1-917-319-8472,
or both at press@bookish.com, both are of LBG Public Relations for Bookish
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