Today Goodreads announced that they have been bought by Amazon! I personally think this is fabulous news!
Improvements on the horizon!
It’s no secret that Goodreads’ servers suck. They seriously do. How often do you see that “Goodreads is over capacity” page when you try to visit the site? Too often! How often do you see it on Amazon or IMDb? NEVER! (At least I never have..) With Amazon purchasing Goodreads, I think we can expect a much more powerful and reliable site. Amazon has an incredible web presence and surely they’ll be moving Goodreads over to more epic, powerful servers that can handle the amount of visitors the site gets!
Goodreads integration with Kindle
Check this out from the announcement:
Our members have been asking us to bring the Goodreads experience to an e-reader for a long time. Now we’re looking forward to bringing Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in the world, Kindle, and further reinventing what reading can be.
For all of you Kindle readers, there’s obviously an extra bonus in this announcement. You’ve asked us for a long time to be able to integrate your Kindle and Goodreads experiences. Making that option a reality is one of our top priorities.
For all you Kindle owners: doesn’t this sound awesome?? Imagine some of the possibilities:
- You purchase a new book on Kindle and that book automatically gets added to your “To-Read” shelf.
- You start reading a new book and your Goodreads status automatically updates.
- You can post Goodreads updates straight from your Kindle as you’re reading!
- Highlighted passages get synced with your favourite quotes on Goodreads.
- When you finish a book it automatically gets marked as “Read” on Goodreads.
These aren’t promised features, but these are some of the things that COULD POSSIBLY be on the horizon!
Don’t worry about Amazon taking over
Amazon and Goodreads have both made it pretty clear that Amazon doesn’t intend to take over. A quote in the ABC News article about the purchase states:
“Goodreads is a place for all readers no matter what books they read or how they read them, and we expect to keep it that way,” said Amazon spokeswoman Kinley Pearsall in a statement, citing Zappos and the movie information website IMDb as examples. Amazon owns both but has kept them as stand-alone businesses.
IMDb is basically the movie equivalent of Goodreads. It was bought by Amazon 15 years ago and it is doing fabulously. But IMDb is also run as a separate business; it isn’t that well known that Amazon even owns it (I didn’t even know until today).
Given Amazon’s huge influence in the publishing industry, and in the online world, I’m pretty confident that this will be a fantastic change and will help improve Goodreads significantly! Amazon won’t necessarily be involved in the day-to-day maintenance and operation of Goodreads. But the fact that Amazon will now be the owners means that Goodreads will have access to Amazon’s resources, including possibly their high powered servers and strong web development teams. I don’t foresee any huge fundamental changes to the way Goodreads works on its own, but I do see strong advancements in its technological development, web maintenance, and obviously integration with Amazon e-books!