Random House has updated BookScout, the publishing house’s digital Facebook discovery tool, adding new social sharing features and optimizing for tablets.
Readers can now add their BookScout activity to the “Books” section of their Facebook timelines. In addition, the app features new sharing and discovery options such as “What’s Popular Among Your Friends” and “Share To My Timeline.” The update also includes optimization for tablets, so that readers can more easily use the app while on these devices.
Random House launched the app back in January as a tool to help readers discover books and share these finds with their friends. Since then, more than 4,200 Facebook members have used the app. Users have added more than 27,000 books to their BookScout shelves and have “Liked” more than 21,000 titles.
The tool lets readers share their favorite books, whether or not they are published by Random House. Here is more from the press release: “The most popular titles on BookScout are The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The most selected category for book recommendations is Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, followed by Science Fiction & Fantasy and Children’s & Young Adult.”