Publisher Random House pounced on the opportunities for its BookScout book-centric application afforded by the new Timeline design Facebook introduced Wednesday, announcing updates to the app to coincide with Timeline’s new features.

BookScout users can now add their activity on the app to the books section of their Timelines, and Random House also added tablet optimization and enhanced social sharing functionality, allowing users to access the app from anywhere and take advantage of Facebook’s new social capabilities, such as “What’s Popular Among Your Friends” and “Share to My Timeline.”

Random House debuted BookScout in January, and it enables users to:

  • Receive personalized book recommendations via interests shared on their Timelines, both Random House and non-Random House, including links to retailers so that users can purchase titles they are interested in.
  • Create their own digital bookshelves within the app, where they can share books they are currently reading, track books they want to read, and list titles they have already read.
  • Like, share, and add titles and authors to their bookshelves.
  • Browse best-sellers by category.

Random House Senior Vice President, Digital Marketplace Development Amanda Close said:

Feedback from Facebook members has been and will continue to be a key component in our efforts to provide the best book-discovery and social reading experience with BookScout. With this refresh, we make it easier than ever to engage with BookScout on your tablet, see what your friends are reading, and share the books you want to discuss.

Readers: Have you ever checked out BookScout?