Amazon Buys Book-centric Social Networking Site Goodreads

By Peter SM RSS Wed, April 3, 2013

In tech news reported right before the Easter holiday last week, it was revealed that Amazon had bought the social reading website Goodreads.
The news was posted on Goodreads official blog, expressing their excitement over the new partnership, especially the ability to now bring Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in the world, Kindle.

This is not the first time Amazon has aquired a website like Goodreads.
They acquired both Shelfari and AbeBooks back in 2008, as well as owning other such social networking via media sites like IMDb from as far back as 1998.

Goodreads, launched in 2007, is currently the leading book-centric social network, boasting over 16 million registered users.
That doesn't mean that there are not other contenders out there, the two most high profile being LibraryThing (although it is a pay service and not free like Goodreads) and the recently launched Bookish (backed by Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster).

The Free Library currently incorporates Goodreads reviews through our VuFind online catalog.
Goodreads has stressed on their blog post that nothing about their service will change, including the millions of book reviews and ratings already stored on the Goodreads website. While no one is quite sure what will or will not possibly happen to Goodreads right now, we can assure Free Library cardholders that we will be updating you with any new info when it is available and any actions we may or may not take to change our service with Goodreads.

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