Readerly is an independent book discovery platform designed to help you track your reading, explore your stats, and discover something new. We’ve abandoned the sneaky algorithms and 5-star rating system to bring you book recs with more context.
Here are a few things that make us different:
NO 5-STAR RATINGS ON BOOKS
We built Readerly with the intention of moving away from the aggregate 5-star rating system. Reducing a book down to 3.3 or 4.2 stars doesn’t tell you what you as a reader with unique tastes will think of it. Instead, we provide context with every review, showing you how much your tastes overlap with the reviewer, books you’ve both read, and topics you both enjoy. This way, you can decide which reviews resonate with you, and discover books you might have otherwise passed over!
POPULAR BOOKS WON’T DOMINATE
Whenever you take an action on a book—Save, Hide, or mark as Read—you’ll never see that book in your feed again. You can always find it in the corresponding tabs, but removing it allows us to make room for titles you may never have heard of or missed reading the first time around.
READERS LEAVE GISTS, NOT LONG REVIEWS
We’re replacing the traditional reader review with Gists. Gists are punchy, fun, easy-to-create slides that begin with a quick shoutline for your favorite books (just a sentence or two). You can add tags, character bios, favorite quotes, and similar books. You can also get creative with the “Read This…” slide, finishing the sentence however you like: “...if you’re in the mood for something light...on your commute...with a glass of pinot noir…” You get the idea. We only fill your feed with Gists from like-minded readers and people you follow so you can discover more books you’ll enjoy.
WE’RE INDEPENDENT, ACCOUNTABLE ONLY TO OUR READERS
We’re making book discovery better for readers and fairer for authors by challenging the ever-growing influence Amazon has over our reading choices. We care deeply about helping readers discover books and supporting the authors, publishers, and bookstores that bring us the stories we love. Readerly is free to use, but we offer a Readerly+ subscription to readers who want to support our mission so we can keep their interests at the heart of the platform.
Get access to special, genre-specific Venn Groups, comprised of readers who share your taste in books.
Explore your Venn Group’s top Gists and most helpful readers.
Compare how people in your Venn Group rated a book vs. everyone else on Readerly.
See the most recommended books in each of your Venn Groups (your personalized top list!).
Create private groups with friends to post Gists and discuss books!
Be the first to discover new titles as they’re released.
Customize how we calculate book ratings and who to include in your Venn Groups.
Support our mission to create a truly unique and independent book platform!