Readerly was founded in 2020 by a writer, a publisher, and a software engineer with a shared desire to create an ethically built book recommendation engine designed to level the playing field for all authors and expose readers to a more diverse and interesting range of books.
Most recommendation engines are powered by the purchasing behaviors of others and are heavily influenced by the marketing spend on books. This creates a bias in favor of large publishers, established authors, and books with general appeal. Our software is designed to respond to an individual reader's tastes and allows books from smaller publishers and new authors to bubble up. We're never influenced by marketing or popularity, and are committed to exposing readers to a highly diverse and comprehensive range of voices.
Only a handful of authors earn enough on their writing to support themselves financially. We want to help support the ongoing writing careers of all authors by, once we launch, sharing our commission on affiliate book sales directly with the author.