Friday, March 29, 2013
Goodreads Bought out by Amazon
So how will Amazon handle it's newest toy, Goodreads? With over 16 million subscribers, this is definitely a big boon to the powerhouse and the potential if done correctly could be wonderful. It could also end up destroying the legacy of Goodreads, as noted from reading all the comments of upset members on the site. Since I've always been a glass half full type of person, I am going to say this will be a positive change. If I'm wrong, it certainly won't be the first time, you can call me out on it later.
Let's look at the possible positives of the situation. Reviews from Goodreads, at least for me personally, have always been higher. Having those reviews cross over to Amazon could help readers decide if they want to purchase my book. This gives authors the potential to reach many more people! The community at Goodreads has easy to find labels for the type of books a reader is searching for. If this is continued, readers will be able to easily find books with recommendations much easier than the boards Amazon currently utilizes.
Let me know what you think about the merger. If nothing else, this will be an interesting situation to watch unfold!