Move over Beyonce I think someone else is running the world or at least trying to.
This fall Goodreads will officially be owned by Amazon. Goodreads quickly put out a statement saying the format and program will not change but we all know how that ends right? Before the ink dries Amazon will have everything switched up, charging folks and everything. I wonder how quick members will bow out after the switch up?
Why was Amazon even interested in Goodreads in the first place? Was it because they saw them as a threat? If they dominate early they can eliminate the competition.
‘A truly devasting act of vertical integration.’
‘Amazon will suffocate them in the long run.’
Those were just two opinions on the situation. What are you thinking?
This could be a positive thing for indie writers and small bookstores even though I know Goodreads is not some small bookstore but hear me out. Not every book lover wants to go to a big conglomerate like Amazon to buy a book or have a machine recommend books to them. People still want the social aspect of meeting people in an actual store to talk about their favorite books. They like the feel of a physical book in their hands. What small bookstores can do is capitalize on that and make a come back, all we have to do is support them. Amazon would not know what is coming. They can’t buy out everybody. That is my theory. Look at the glass half full rather than empty right? At the end of the day I guess anyone can be bought for the right price.
Peace and luv!
Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia