Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Goodreads

Yep, I am going with an easy pick, Goodreads. Or more specific... Goodreads and Amazon.

If you hadn't heard, yep Amazon and Goodreads are combining forces. So, now you've heard. The end. I kid of course, here is a link with more information, the announcement on goodreads. Make sure to read the comments to the announcement because it is interesting to see the reactions of people to the news.

A Google search for "Goodreads Amazon" will produce a number of links that include opinions on why Goodreads was valuable to Amazon, what the purchase means for the book industry, some unhappy opinions about the transaction, and a few old news sites about when Goodreads got rid of Amazon for their database. Yeah, that is mentioned in the comments of the announcement too.

Now, I don't often buy books from Amazon, I must admit. I've bought a few other things on there cause it's easy to say send coffee to my stepsister for Christmas from the site than to deal with the buy, pack and send. I get most of my books from bookstores and the e-reader I have is a Nook. So, I'm not sure how I feel about the situation. I use Goodreads to keep track of where I am in books, what I have read and to find books to read. When I review, it's on my blog.

But I'm curious as to what others think about the situation.

What do you think about the Goodreads and Amazon combination?


Megan said...

I'm a little nervous about it. I adore Goodreads and find Amazon kind of hard to use. We'll see!

SA Larsenッ said...

I am with Megan. I'm a bit anxious about any changes they'll make. I love Goodreads!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm not sure what to expect, either. I only occasionally buy from Amazon. I live in Canada, so I try to support our major chain and Kobo whenever possible.

Robin said...

I think people who use Amazon primarily will not care. I think people who use Goodreads as their primary source will be nervous, and may not like it at all.

mooderino said...

I don't think it's great to have one company so dominant, but it probably won't have much effect on Goodreads for most of us.

Moody Writing

Susan Kane said...

It was inevitable.

Cheree Smith said...

It was a given this would happen, but I have no idea what this is going to mean to readers.

Dawn Embers said...

Wow. Thanks everyone for the comments. I can see this was a good topic choice for today. It's good to see what everyone else thinks on the topic. Thank you.

Bhav.Zz said...

No clue what it would mean to us readers; I am a big fan of Goodreads :)

Bhavya from the AtoZ Challenge blogging at Just Another Blog