Today BookScout makes its official debut on Facebook. This free app susses out your timeline and your “likes” to make personalized suggestions of books you might enjoy.
Okay, it’s not quite the same as your favorite old bookseller who hand-picked your reading, but with brick-and-mortar stores closing and an overwhelming number of choices online, it’s nice to have even a virtual someone point you in the right direction.
Although BookScout was developed by Random House, it will recommend books from all publishers and will link to major retailers. You can also use the app to create your own digital bookshelf, and see what your friends are reading. A bit like Goodreads, perhaps, but a new chapter for Facebook—and a welcome addition to the cultural conversation.