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kamas716
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

I don't see this as a good thing. But, I'll give it a chance. I still use IMDb. If things get screwy, I'll just have to find someplace else.
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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

A couple months ago three of the major publishers opened Bookish, which theoretically would compete against Goodreads.  Maybe Amazon felt their publishing arm needed its own place to push books, and since Amazon had already destroyed Shelfari...

 

http://bookish.com

http://shelfari.com

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patgolfneb
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

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Amazon owns shelfari right? FWIW they own imbd. They buy these sights primarially to drive traffic to their Amazon. The online equivalent of vertical integration, only most don't realize they are Amazon owned.

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

Amazon bought Shelfari, mined all the user created information to create X-Ray, then basically abandoned it.

 

Hence why I deleted my GR account. If Bezos wants my damn work he's going to have to ask me nicely, not buy it out from under me.

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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

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What is X-Ray?

 

Also, I'm a Goodreads librarian.  Does that mean I now "work" for Amazon?  :smileywink:

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BeckyWC
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?


keriflur wrote:

What is X-Ray?

 

Also, I'm a Goodreads librarian.  Does that mean I now "work" for Amazon?  :smileywink:


X-ray is a feature that, if it's enabled in a book will give you the bare bones of the book. It breaks down all the characters, citys, etc. that is mentioned in the book.  This information is compiled by page, chapter and the entire book.  It gives you information on the characters in the book and also lists the pages the character can be found in the book. 

 

It can be quite useful for school, especially textbooks that are x-ray enabled.

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

I just deleted my Goodreads account. I'm not happy with a user created review database being used as a sales tool for any company, not just Amazon. Some have pointed to IMDB, but I actually give them a pass for that as the primary purpose of that site is a data aggregate, the reviews there are supplementary. Goodreads would actually point you to every site that sold the book that you just read a review of and I expect that to change. I guess I'll be checking out Bookish or something else...
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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

I wonder what will happen to all the editions in Goodreads that are in formats that Amazon doesn't sell.

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

It's certainly a very interesting move.

 

Wonder if Amazon can avoid repeating the destruction it did with Shelfari i.e. if it can avoid crashing GoodReads.

 

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I agree with everyone who said the idea of a big seller owning a review site is strange.

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?


keriflur wrote:

I wonder what will happen to all the editions in Goodreads that are in formats that Amazon doesn't sell.


When Amazon purchased The Book Depository, they closed the ePub bookstore. That may not be the exact same situation but it's probably close enough.