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Good news and bad news from Amazon buying Goodreads

Amazon & Goodreads: making the Kindle more social

Amazon buys the popular social book reading website Goodreads. Is that good or bad news for Goodreads?

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  1. Book exchange system through Goodreads.
    From Kevin Eagan: “I could see Amazon

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Sarah Bright
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Excellent summary. My thoughts: Strongly agree on points 4 and 5: I really like the idea of syncing my lists between the two. I currently keep my wish lists of what I don’t own but would like to buy on Amazon, and my list of what I own and am planning to read, as well as what I’ve read, on Goodreads. Having them all in one place would be so handy. I have several friends who make great recommendations and It would be really nice to be able to add them to my wishlist or even my shopping cart with… Read more »

mattmaldre
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Yeah, publishing domination should be at the top of the list of bad news. With all this syncing talk of various things in Goodreads and Amazon, it seems so complicated to pull off, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a long time to happen, or never happens. Hopefully Amazon is able to focus on syncing one feature between the two services, and do it very well. Anything more would be welcome too, but I hope Amazon can continually improve both of their services. Also thanks for giving me that link with the correct 16 million member count for Goodreads.… Read more »

Marco Buscaglia
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Matt said: “Can you imagine reading a book on your kindle and seeing marginalia from other Goodreads users? That would be a dream come true!”

That would be the best-case option for me. I would love to see what other words, sentences and paragraphs people mark up and highlight.

mattmaldre
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Marco, you can _kinda_ see people’s notes and highlights now on kindle.amazon.com. Although, it’s a really clumsy interface where you can only see the most recent posts and only if someone tweeted or facebooked the note. Really strange that Amazon forces you to tweet or facebook your note in order for someone to read it on the kindle.amazon.com website. Check out the shared notes and highlights for the book “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” https://kindle.amazon.com/work/writing-tools-essential-strategies-ebook/B000P23MS0/B000SEIW9E Plus, being able to only see these notes on kindle.amazon.com rips the notes out of their context, so it makes them like… Read more »

Kevin Eagan
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Thanks for the insight. I hadn’t thought about the flickr/Yahoo example, but tor analysis is true. I don’t want them to focus on integrating the service if it affects the viability of goodreads as a platform. I want to see the social network thrive AND get the additional services of the amazon ecosystem.

mattmaldre
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Thanks! It always seems so peculiar when a large company acquires a service. There’s gotta be a book that gives analysis about the history of such acquisitions. And not so much one company acquiring another company (like Tribune buying the LA Times Mirror), but when Facebook buys Instagram, Yahoo buying Flickr. I love reading the inside scoop with Yahoo/Flickr. And the inside scoop with Google and Google Reader (even though Google Reader was developed natively in-house). But all the politics involved in how a product either succeeds or is prevented from succeeding.

Sarah Bright
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mattmaldre
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Thanks to Amanda Gant’s comments on her Google Plus post, I found out that Google might be killing Feedburner. I added the following to point #8 under the bad news:
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At least NBC paid “only” several million dollars for Everyblock. In 2007 Google paid $100 million for Feedburner. You thought $100 million dollars would ensure Feedburner would stay around? Nope. Five years later Google is slowly shutting down Feedburner.
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