Have you guys come to expect all sorts of post from me? I’m not really sure what each of you will answer to that… But, I’m hoping you guys will bear with me will I delve into a bit of politics.
There is quite a bit of controversy going all over the internet because Amazon purchased Goodreads. Quite a big deal. My first reaction was wondering what would happen to my beloved site with pink slips exchanging hands. Well, if you are within that number, rest assured. Amazon was said to have shared in the vision of what Goodreads was meant to be and plans to leave its original staff in place to continue their work and vision. In fact, as of yet, it seems that Amazons main intention is to enhance recommendations to include Amazon’s database.
Well here is where it gets good. Apparently, after a few hiccups three of the worlds biggest publishing houses (Penguin, Hachette and Simon & Schuster) have joined forces and launched Bookish. Not necessarily like Goodreads… Well maybe a little. It’s just missing the social aspect of it. They are good on recommendations, interviews, author bios, etc. The launch of Bookish seems to have been taken by Amazon to be a declaration of war, prompting them to buy Goodreads. At least that is the insinuation. Well delving deeper into this apparent rivalry, I found a bit of intriguing information.
First, publishing houses around the world have collaboratively had their panties in a bunch and mutually dislike Amazon for making self publishing so mainstream. I’d say there’s a bit of pissing contest going on there. Second, Amazon has been in a bit of controversy and it seems they have an impending lawsuit. What for you ask? Monopoly. No not the board game. They are accused of monopolizing the self publishing industry. *Nodding my head with understanding* Yeah, I get that. Not that I have enough specifics to know whether that accusation holds water, I do however understand why other websites feel they can’t compete with Amazon…
Now, back to Goodreads. There is much speculation of what Amazon will do with Goodreads in the long run. After all, it hardly makes sense for them to be ok with owning a company that sends readers to dozens of websites to purchase their preferred book. As of now, we appear to be safe, from that changing. While being accused of monopolizing the industry, it hardly seems logical to confirm their claims by being the only available retailer across Goodreads.
Well I believe that we have a lot to watch out for. I see changes coming in the Goodreads horizon.