So, Amazon has dipped its metaphorical finger into another metaphorical pie.
Personally, I am not too sure I am in favour of the move. I have always thought of Goodreads as being one of those sites where you could simply connect with other readers and book lovers and not really worry about anything as it was a ‘neutral’ place you could voice your literary opinions and discover. Really, it is now just going to be another platform in which Amazon can promote its books and scream at the site’s visitors: ‘Buy me! Pick me!’ (I already get enough of that through my emails!)
What about promoting books from Waterstones and W H Smiths? Bookshops are like precious gems which we need to preserve. It is not that I have anything against Amazon (I use the retailer now and then just like any other person might), but sometimes I feel that as a consumer, things can become clouded by the bigger companies out there and companies (such as Goodreads) can become lost as it is swallowed up by another giant. Still, whilst the move may have many bookworms squirming with annoyance, I guess this is a good thing for Goodreads overall though, right…?
Originally posted on paidContent:
Amazon (s AMZN) announced Thursday that it is acquiring Goodreads, the book-based social network founded by Otis Chandler in 2006. The purchase price was undisclosed, and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. [Here's our interview with Goodreads and Amazon about the acquisition.]
Goodreads, which is based in San Francisco and launched in 2007, has 16 million members. The site lets readers keep track of the books they’ve read and want to read; rate and review books; and discover reading recommendations. Following the acquisition, Goodreads will remain headquartered in San Francisco.
Goodreads has served as a fairly “neutral” hub for readers until now — a place where publishers and authors can market and promote their books without being tied to a specific retailer. Until 2012, Goodreads sourced all of its book data from Amazon, but it then decided that the company’s API had become too restrictive and switched its data provider to the book wholesaler Ingram. “Our goal is to be an open place for all readers to discover and buy books from all retailers, both online and offline,” Goodreads told me at the time of the switch. While being an “open place for all readers” may still be Goodreads’ goal, it’s now clearly tied to promoting books for sale on Amazon.