Didn’t I say publishers would be unnecessary as gatekeepers and quality control when adequate indexing was created so readers could find stories with the content they wanted (à la fanfic.net)?
Well, here comes a new service, Bookish, backed by three of the big six publishers. From the press release:
“Editorially independent, Bookish will be a place for readers to find great content about books and authors from a variety of publishers. Bookish will highlight a wide range of genres and allow readers to find their next book as well as recommend books to each other.”
What remains to be seen is whether this new service will really be editorially independent – that is, will it be allowed to index books not published by the sponsors? And what value will the publishers add to existing Goodreads and LibraryThing?