Bookbanter Column: Goodreads and Amazon Living Together . . . Mass Hysteria!

On Thursday, March 28th, it was announced that Amazon is buying the popular social networking and book review site, Goodreads.  Founded in 2007, it now has more than 16 million members, and will logically serve as an advantageous addition to the growing Amazon juggernaut.

On the Goodreads blog, the CEO and co-founder Otis Chandler said the site “will continue to be the wonderful community that we all cherish.  We plan to continue offering you everything that you love about the site – the ability to track what you read, discover great books, discuss and share them with fellow book lovers, and connect directly with your favorite authors – and your reviews and ratings will remain here on Goodreads.  And it’s incredibly important to us that we remain a home for all types of readers, no matter if you read on paper, audio, digitally, from scrolls, or even stone tablets.”

Unsurprisingly, reactions from various types of people in the book industry were both visceral and volatile.  There was shock from many on Facebook and Twitter, and lots of vocal disappointment.

Many announced that they had instantly cancelled their Goodreads accounts, and I wonder now how many have since renounced their love of Goodreads and how much that 16 million-member number has dropped.