Amazon is now one step closer to WORLD DOMINATION! Just trying to lighten things up a bit…
I’ll be honest. I am very disappointed with Goodreads. One of the best things about Goodreads WAS that it was independent; it was not owned by any big company or corporation. Now that has gone away. While a lot of the links below make it sound benign, ask yourself these questions-
Do you think links for other purchasing options will remain on Goodreads, i.e. Barnes & Noble?
Do you think the reviews will remain untainted, or even remain posted if they are bad reviews? Now that Goodreads has become another method for selling books and specifically for Amazon, will bad reviews start to magically disappear?
If the hugely successful Goodreads were to stop listing Barnes & Noble as a vendor, do you think the timetable for Barnes & Noble going the way of Borders will speed up?
There are so many issues that come up, but these are issues that are most important to me. I am all for capitalism, but I like going somewhere that has no interest in sales.
What do you think? You may think it doesn’t matter and this is not really going to affect free, independent thought on Goodreads. I hope you are right. But for just a moment, look at it from the point of view of Amazon trying to corner the market on bookselling, which is not a big secret. Regardless of whether or not Amazon currently intends to censor bad reviews, now they have the capability to do so with a very well known literary social group that has a huge membership. Is that what you really want?
So my next question is- Who is going to start up the replacement for the used to be independent Goodreads?
Original Statement from Goodreads- Exciting News About Goodreads: We’re Joining the Amazon Family! March 28, 2013
NPR- Amazon Buys Book-Recommendation Site Goodreads, March 28, 2013
New York Times- Read Any Good Web Sites Lately? Book Lovers Talk Online, February 12, 2013
The Huffington Post- Amazon Buys Goodreads For Undisclosed Sum, March 28, 2013- scroll down and read some of the Twitter responses
Forbes- Amazon Buys Goodreads. Take That, Bookish! March 28, 2013
As Goodreads Ends Sourcing From Amazon, Users Fear Lost Books, January 27, 2012
Salon- Amazon tightens its chokehold– March 28, 2013
Salon- Amazon buys Goodreads: We’re all just data now– March 31, 2013
The Atlantic- The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon– April 1, 2013
The Guardian- Amazon purchase of Goodreads stuns book industry– April 2, 2013