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A Round Up of Book Marks Coverage

June 7, 2016

Lithub Bookmarks

We’re super excited that LitHub has launched Book Marks, the new “Rotten Tomatoes” of literature. And, it seems, it’s not just us. It’s actually gotten some pretty great press coverage.

The Stranger

Lit Hub’s Book Marks is a filter. There are many books and many book reviews in the world. Book Marks tries to increase the potency of those reviews so that readers don’t have read 10 reviews in 10 different papers and come up with their own grade. The site displays this info in a nice, clean way. If readers don’t find it helpful, they don’t find it helpful! Nothing is stopping them from reading the entire literary internet every day.

The AP

Assistant editor Jess Bergman told The Associated Press during a recent interview that the goal of Book Marks was to build on Lit Hub’s mission of providing information for the reading public.

“We’re trying to spread the word about literature,” she said. “There are so many great books that come out every year and we want to help people make educated decisions.”


Book Marks launched Tuesday with an initial library of roughly 500 titles and will continue adding at a pace of up to 50 per week, Hunter estimates. The site only includes books that have been reviewed at least three times by outlets on a growing list of dozens of sources—from The New York Times to The Stranger, Harper’s and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A small staff finds and reads reviews closely before assigning a letter grade to each one based on how positive or negative it is (though professional critics are invited to submit their own grades for books based on reviews they’ve written). The individual marks are used to calculate an average, which appears as the book’s grade on the site.


Literary Hub, colloquially known as LitHub, launched little more than a year ago, in April of 2015. Yet, through extensive relationships with authors and other literary publications around the web, the site has already established itself as one of the internet’s premier spots for book news and writing. And it’s only about to become more popular, most likely, as the site has just announced (and launched!) Book Marks, a criticism aggregator that gathers writing from around the internet (and print publications), smooshes all the pieces together, and then creates a nifty letter grade that represents the overall quality of a book.

The Huffington Post

It’s something so many of us readers are guilty of: allowing aggregated user reviews to influence which books we pick up. But while these star systems featured on Amazon and Goodreads serve a purpose, they loom too largely over reader activity. Which makes sense; they’re the only quantitative assessments we have of books’ worth.

That’s why Literary Hub, a site dedicated to book news, essays and excerpts, has launched Book Marks, which they call a “Rotten Tomatoes for books,” aggregating professional critics’ takes on new literary novels and assigning them a letter grade.


But perhaps Book Marks’ greatest strength is that it can function as an alternative to Amazon, which has become a default source of information on books, despite its often contentious relationship with the literary world.

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