I sure hope David is correct. I like Goodreads as an independent voice in the books world and a place for author and readers to connect. I also hate to see Amazon gobble up another book site. Bigger is not always better in my book, though I’m sure Goodreads made a pretty penny selling themselves off. It’s hard to begrudge them that. Time will tell, time will tell.
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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