Sharing a good book with friends and relatives is a practice that has been done for centuries.
This practice is now brought into the new millennium with an update to the popular Facebook app BookScout.
BookScout offers personalized book recommendations for readers, the ability to create digital bookshelves, tag books you’d like to read, and keep track of the books you’ve read all while you check out what your friends are reading.
To coincide with Facebook’s timeline redesign, BookScout has made some changes, as well.
The updates include optimizing the app for tablet use and enhanced sharing ability on social media. Facebook will now be able to learn what books are popular among friends and the ability to share books to their timeline.
“Feedback from Facebook members has been and will continue to be a key component in our efforts to provide the best book discovery and social reading experience with BookScout,” says Amanda Close, Random House’s Senior Vice President, Digital Marketplace Development. “With this refresh, we make it easier than ever to engage with BookScout on your tablet, see what your friends are reading and share the books you want to discuss.”
BookScout was initially soft launched two months ago to Random House employees, and quickly caught on among readers on Facebook, with over 4,200 users to date.
So far, 27,000 books have been added to BookScout shelves and readers have Liked over 21,000 titles from Random House, Inc. and other publishers.
The most popular titles on BookScout are The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The most popular category for book recommendations is Mystery, along with Thriller & Suspense.
Booksmart promises more updates in coming weeks to keep the content flowing and the app fresh.