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5ivedom
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Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

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Well, it was fun while it lasted.

 

Amazon already owns shelfari, which is a direct competitor to Goodreads.  I'm going to assume that they will merge the two, and merge in the Amazon reviews, and push Amazon-published books, and link the whole thing to the Amazon store.  Ugh.

 

I love that Goodreads gives me the ability to tag and organize my books exactly how I want to and lets me track what I've read and what's coming out.  But as a YA writer I've had a lot of ambivalence about it, because of the judgmental nature of it (what authors are "supposed" to say and not say about other authors' books, some of the animosity that some of the reviewers have, the constant ad hominem attacks in reviews and comments, and the inability to block seeing reviews/comments on specific books).  In all honesty, I've been hoping something else would come along that would offer what Goodreads offers, but with the option to track and rate books privately (the way LibraryThing does).  Maybe this sale will prompt that to happen.

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

Well there's an app I'll never use again (it'll probably be pulled from the NOOK shop anyway).

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patgolfneb
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

Frankly it sucks. When a dominant seller controlls the review site nothing good comes of it. I suppose a wikipedia equivalent for book reviews is needed. 

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?


patgolfneb wrote:

Frankly it sucks. When a dominant seller controlls the review site nothing good comes of it. I suppose a wikipedia equivalent for book reviews is needed. 


Bookipedia?

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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

Well, I'll give GR's staff this: they were very prompt when I requested they remove every trace of me and my account from their servers.

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RHWright
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

I'll wait and see. But this does not sound like a good thing.
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Re: Amazon to acquire GoodReads - thoughts?

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Given last year's kerfuffle that resulted in them removing Amazon's covers from the site because of the demands Amazon was making, I'm more than a bit surprised by this. Wow.

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Tweet from author Andrew T Shaffer, writing as Evil Wylie:

Yeah? Barnes & Noble just bought a new espresso machine for their Evansville, IN store. Take THAT.

 

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Here's a link with comment from others. It mentions all the restrictions Amazon placed on

using data from them, one explaining the restrictions, and a link to an alternative, library reads. I think this highlights Amazons close to monopoly power. Any publisher or e book related business needs Amazons goodwill badly. 

  

 

 

 

http://www.librarything.com/

http://readwrite.com/2012/01/30/why_goodreads_gave_up_on_amazon

 

 

ihttp://www.salon.com/2013/03/28/amazon_tightens_its_chokehold/