03-28-2013 07:44 PM
03-28-2013 07:54 PM
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...
03-28-2013 07:59 PM - edited 03-28-2013 08:04 PM
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.
03-28-2013 08:02 PM
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.
03-28-2013 08:07 PM - edited 03-28-2013 08:08 PM
03-28-2013 08:37 PM
What is X-Ray?
Also, I'm a Goodreads librarian. Does that mean I now "work" for Amazon?
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.
03-28-2013 09:13 PM
03-28-2013 09:20 PM
03-29-2013 06:35 AM
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.
I agree with everyone who said the idea of a big seller owning a review site is strange.
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03-29-2013 09:06 AM
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.