Apple Acquires BookLamp, the “Pandora-Like” Book Recommendation Service and Data Provider
Note: A special shout-out and congrats to BookLamp/Book Genome Project Founder Aaron Stanton and his team on the acquisition. We’ve had several interesting and informative conversations with with Aaron during the past several years and he’s also spoken at several library conferences.
TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.
BookLamp’s most well-known product was the Book Genome Project, a platform that let users find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. BookLamp’s tech and talent could help Apple improve its iBooks service with better recommendations, search, and categorization.
Additional Coverage via Newsy.com (a Multi-Source News Site)
As the report correctly points out BookLamp also provided data to a number of publishers and booksellers like Amazon.com.
See Also: Here’s an August 2011 Post From infoDOCKET, an Intro to the BookLamp Site
From soon after BookLamp’s public launch.
See Also: Michael Sauers Talks with Aaron Stanton of BookLamp.org (NCompass Live via YouTube)
Includes demo. From September 12, 2012.
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