On September 30th, a new “Dating” app with a twist was released in the App Store. Rather than match its users with people, Booky Call matches its swipers with potential books using the same algorithms as popular dating apps. The developers claim the app will revolutionize book suggestions by eliminating the nuisances of typical book apps and sites like review bombing, persistent ads, and bot reviews. Not to mention the Discovery app is free.
Tinder was primarily used as an inspiration for the swiping method, which is used to indicate whether users are interested or not interested in the recommended books. The more a user swipes, the better Boo, the app’s matchmaker, can understand their preferences and customize their personalized lineup.
When first setting up a profile in the app, Boo requires each reader to set up a profile of their preferences in different genre categories in both fiction and non-fiction. Fiction categories include Classic, Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery / Thriller / Suspense, Poetry, Short Stories, Romance, Science Fiction, and Young Adults. Subject recommendations include business and money, current affairs, collections of essays, family and relationships, health, history, humor and entertainment, memoirs, philosophy and religion, and self-help.
The authors of the books in the app create a unique bio and profile for their books. Book profiles contain in-depth answers to creative questions that give readers an insight into the stories. All questions are answered in the first person, as if the story were a potential mate, as are dating apps.
Some of these questions are “Who should be swiping right on me?”, “What do I spend a lot of time thinking about?” and âWhat are we going to eat / drink on our first date?â Each profile also includes a brief preview of a passage read from the book.
Booky Call certainly aims to mimic the dating apps that inspired it. Once a reader actually swipes a story, this book then slides into their DMs to clarify the relationship. Will the appointments be in real life or completely digital? In other words, it asks the user if they want to purchase a print or an eBook edition. For those who prefer audiobooks, there is also the Whisper In My Ear option. Booky Call also sends âU up?â Texts a few nights a week to highlight new profile matches, as does creepy late-night texts from real dating apps. Boo also hosts a podcast several times a week for readers to get into the mood for.
Booky Call’s library consists of over a thousand book options, from classics to bestsellers to niche ones, so there are plenty of potential matches for its users. It is designed for both serious and casual readers. While there are short and easy reading for those who need an easy pick-me-up story, there are just as many intense and long options for those planning a long drive.
“We started Booky Call because we saw a real need among readers, whether they pick up a book once a year or read through a few a week,” said Booky Call CEO Brant Menswar in a press release. “Every reader is looking for something other than his or her book selection, much like a romantic partner.”
An additional benefit of the app is that it supports local, independent bookstores through bookshop.org. Overall, the makers really tried to develop the perfect app for readers and authors alike.