Amazon Buys the Goodreads Experience

Today an announcement flew about the internet. I first saw it on my Facebook Timeline since I follow Publishers Weekly. Then it was confirmed by the headline across my homepage on Goodreads.

Amazon.com just bought Goodreads.com. Huh?

How is this going to affect the reader/author experience?

A lot of questions will surface over the coming months.

  1. Will the reviews suddenly automatically appear on the Amazon site?
  2. Will our Amazon book purchases be added automatically to our to read/reading lists?
  3. Will the book giveaways keep going for the author/reader experience?
  4. How are the big six publishing house going to feel about the stronger control Amazon is going to have over their reader experience?

Many, many more questions are going to be asked over the coming months.

I see some people who are anti-Amazon are running over to The Library Thing as their way to get away from Amazon. Is that really the answer? Is Amazon really an enemy just because they have learned how to play the game of monopoly? I can see it now, owning all the review sites would be like owning all the railroads and charging a fee for landing on it.

Naw, they wouldn’t do that now, would they?

Only time will tell.

Me: I’m on both Goodreads and The Library Thing.

At least The Library Thing allows eBook giveaway make great use of those Smashwords coupon codes for free books.

Oh, and just so you know, there is another book giveaway site out there. It is called fReado.com – You should take a look at it sometime if you are looking to escape the Amazon/Goodreads Experience.

Independent Bookstores Alliance Themselves with Kobo

I guess it is now official, the Indie Bookstores have allianced themselves with Kobo eBooks and it is about time they partnered up with an eBook Powerhouse. Maybe now they will be able to recover some of their sales by being able to offer their customers some of those great eBooks coming from Smashwords authors around the world.

I am really excited about this news.

In the past I went ahead and loaded my books onto the Google eBook site. Their site is a horror show. It is hard to maneuver and it is just plain quirky. And when they post the reviews for my books that are coming off of GoodReads, for some reason they like to grab all the lowest review ratings instead of the top ratings. I thought this to be an odd practice for a company who was looking to sell eBooks.

Now with the new Kobo deal with the indie bookstores, anyone who publishes with Smashwords and selects the distribution to Kobo will be able to have their books distributed to the US Brick and Mortar Stores.

It was not too long ago that I spoke to the owner of our local bookstore. He really didn’t know what to expect with this new Kobo deal. He was kind of apprehensive about the eBook movement and was afraid that eBooks would replace print books just as mp3 files took over the CD market.

Hopefully he decides to carry the Kobo eReader so he can actively promote eBooks from his store.

So move over Amazon, the Independent Bookstores are back in business.