Amazon Buys Goodreads (meh)

Yesterday Publishers Weekly announced that Amazon has bought Goodreads, the social network for book enthusiasts. This purchase seems like a logical one for Amazon, but what exactly will they do with it? The article says:

When asked how Goodreads would be integrated into Amazon, and the all-important question of how, and when, a retail component might be rolled into the site–currently users can buy books through a host of third party retailers, including Amazon–both Chandler and Russ Grandinetti, Amazon v-p, Kindle content, skirted the subject. When pressed, Chandler said: “We don’t have any plans to change anything about the buy links in the short term, but in the long term we’re going to do what’s best for our users.”

A slow and thoughtful integration will best serve both Amazon and Goodreads, and I expect Amazon to manage its acquisition well. Amazon didn’t get where it is by being hasty.

Though I find this new interesting, because I love all things Amazon, I’m not particularly excited. Here’s my confession: I hate Goodreads. I know that’s an unpopular opinion in the world of book lovers, but I really don’t care for it.

I tried it for a bit, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my account is still out there in the undying expanse of cyberspace. However, it made me uneasy. I felt too vulnerable when I told Goodreads that I was reading a book. I’m not a particularly private person, I’m an avid user of both Facebook and Twitter. I also have this blog in which I kvetch. But it felt wrong to publicize which books I was currently reading. When I used Goodreads, I felt like the world was looking over my shoulder and judging me as I read. I couldn’t handle it.

But I love Amazon so much, I might pop into Goodreads in a year or two and see what they’ve done with it. However, I don’t know if I’ll let you read over my shoulder.

12 thoughts on “Amazon Buys Goodreads (meh)

  1. okay lol. You made me feel better. I post my reviews there as a service to the author, but only when I am finished reading the book in private. I don’t like the feeling that big brother is watching me either, so I make up something and put that down as currently reading. For a long time my goodreads shelf proclaimed I was reading ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood’. You are a blessing Collin.

      1. I already trust Google to never hurt me by giving them every spec of data and private information. There is only so much trust to go around. However, I do love Amazon and use them for 50% of my shopping.

  2. I appreciate Goodreads – I follow a number of folks whose book choices are of great interest. I know they give good reviews and read books that I often want to read. I wonder – is there a comparable site for music?

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