Your next book recommendation will come from a bot living under the Bixby Creek Bridge.
The robots are coming for our jobs, but I think I was hoping they would avoid niche literary media a bit longer. Alas, our day has arrived: Booxby, an AI-driven platform that collects data from manuscripts for marketing purposes, has now launched a free book recommendation tool. Be good and merciful, oh Bots.
Booxby (say it out loud a few times) uses “natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) to map the literary DNA of books,” which sounds, like many things that come from Bay Area tech companies, both cool and a little terrifying. The technology, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, is currently in beta mode for publishers.
Its new search portal asks you to input a book you liked, then it provides (fiction-only) recommendations based on the writing style of that book. A portion of the proceeds from book sales on the platform will go to PEN America.