Readerly was founded in 2020 by a writer, a publisher, and a software engineer with a shared desire to create an independent and unbiased book recommendation engine that levels the playing field for all authors and offers a more diverse range of books for readers.
Most recommendation engines are powered by general popularity and 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, and bringing relevant stories to underserved audiences.
Only a handful of authors earn enough on their writing to support themselves financially. The majority work other jobs in addition to the hundreds of hours they spend writing the books we love to read. Companies that heavily discount undermine the value of books and the people who write them. As an independent bookseller, we pledge to sell the books at the publisher's recommended price so that we can share our revenue with authors to help keep them writing.