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Reader reviews will engage visitors on website, helping them find the right book – from self-help to thrillers

New Providence, NJ, July, 31, 2018Hachette Book Group (HBG), a U.S.-based division of publisher Hachette Livre, has teamed with Bowker to integrate tens of thousands of reader reviews of adult, youth and audio books featured on its website, making its visitors’ experiences more productive and engaging. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate and acts as the retail agent for content and technology from ProQuest and partners such as LibraryThing.

Hachette’s website is now enhanced with reviews written by members of LibraryThing, an online community of over two million passionate book lovers, professionally vetted for quality and interest. The reviews are integrated into HBG’s website using ProQuest's Syndetics Unbound service, technology that delivers high-quality data enrichments to hundreds of libraries and commercial websites around the world. Its JavaScript technology enabled HBG to integrate the content with minimal development work. Reviews are continually updated, ensuring every visit to HBG’s website delivers fresh content.

“Consumer reviews are a driving force behind a customer’s purchasing decision, often more influential than even critical acclaim,” said Alyson Forbes, Executive Director, Analytics at Hachette Book Group. “Teaming with Bowker enabled us to easily embed content in our websites and content verticals that deepen consumers’ engagement with our books.”

“Bowker’s partners can count on continual enhancements to Syndetics Unbound’s technology and data,” said Rich Belanger, senior vice president and general manager, ProQuest Books. “Our goal is to make book discovery ever more productive and seamless.”

Bowker collaborates with thousands of publishers, retailers, libraries and search engines worldwide to make their media collections – whether print or digital – easily discovered, evaluated and selected by users. Its seminal Books In Print® database is used by customers to enhance their collections, embedding them with rich details and real-time updates that capture new title releases.

Bowker offers a variety of data and delivery options for any organization that needs information about physical or digital media to power its business.

About Hachette Book Group

Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Books; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio.

About Bowker® (

Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information, connecting publishers, authors, and booksellers with readers. Bowker provides tools and resources, such as the Books In Print® database and Identifier Services ( to help authors promote and sell their books. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States.

31 July 2018

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