Already a superpower, Amazon's influence over the book industry continues to grow with a virtual monopoly over online book sales+, its own large competing publishing house, and unique access to valuable reader data via Goodreads.
We know there are already a few Goodreads alternatives out there with fresher designs and additional features, but we're not interested in simply redesigning their platform. We're rebuilding book discovery from the ground up to allow niche and small press books a chance to find an audience, and present readers with a genuine choice.
We're not in this to sell books. Our mission is to help readers discover great books and support the creators, publishers, and booksellers who nourish the writer-to-reader chain.
Readerly provides a much needed counter-balance to the power of marketing and algorithms designed to get you to make a purchase. Every book you see is one that has been recommended by a like-minded reader, and every time you take an action on a book—save, hide, or mark it as read—we remove that book from your feed. This dampens the dominance of bestsellers, creating space on the platform to widen your choice by showing you books you may have missed and new hidden gems.
It's 2021, and the world is still using a 5-star rating system to grade highly subjective work. Too many excellent books go undiscovered because they weren't written for the majority and received below the dreaded 3.5 star average.
We treat readers as individuals, tailoring the platform to your unique tastes. Instead of giving books a single rating, we show the percentage of people similar to you who recommended the book.
We are a publisher, a writer, and a programmer who believe in the transformative power of great stories and the value of the people who write them. We offer a subscription to readers who want to support our mission so we can keep their interests at the heart of the platform.
+ for many global publishers, Amazon is their biggest buyer and therefore able to demand huge discounts, making it difficult for indie publishers and booksellers to compete