Is it doom and gloom or bright days for authors and readers on Goodreads?Social media generally is not happy with the news that Amazon has acquired Goodreads.It will be interesting to watch and see how this plays out….This article makes a case that the acquisition is a good thing. What do you think?
- Claude Nougat http://claudenougat.blogspot.it/2013/04/amazon-buys-goodreads-good-or-bad-for.html
- Goodreads Announcement: http://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/413-exciting-news-about-goodreads-we-re-joining-the-amazon-family
- Official Press Release… http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle
- Indies Unlimited http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/04/02/could-the-amazon-family-actually-be-good-for-goodreads/
- Authors Guild http://www.webpronews.com/authors-guild-calls-amazongoodreads-deal-a-devastating-act-of-vertical-integration-2013-03
- Interview with Otis Chandler http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/28/amazon-goodreads-interview/
The doom-mongers have been running wild on Twitter with the news that Amazon is to acquire Goodreads. Much of that nonsense is typical (hysterical) Amazon bashing, or reflexive defense of the status quo.
I’m not going to deal with the Chicken Little stuff. I have less and less patience with people who claim that Amazon has or is striving for some kind of evil monopoly that will subjugate authors and readers when all the evidence to date is that they will treat authors better than any publisher and provide readers with cheaper books, a bigger selection, and a better customer experience than any other retailer.
There are some more reasonable fears about what this purchase entails. I would like to deal with these in turn, then discuss how I think this acquisition will be beneficial to writers – particularly self-publishers. I respect the fact that this is a hot-button…
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