Goodbye, Goodreads: Readers are leaving a strong community behind


When news broke that Amazon bought Goodreads for close to $150 million, the book world freaked. People were scared and saddened — their honest, independent community was in the claws of the Amazon empire. Everyone’s in a rush to leave before the destruction hits.

This is the end of the “good” in Goodreads … isn’t it?

Maybe not. I’m not one to judge companies too early. No matter what their public face looks like, a company is a business, not a friendly neighbor. And if Goodreads is Joe Friendly and Amazon is the Mean Old Man, remember that Goodreads had a part in this transaction, too. Amazon didn’t pounce on an innocent bystander — or, if we’re still using the suburban analogy, catch him unsuspected with the water hose.

Right now, Goodread is still Goodreads, and you can’t be mad at it for making a new friend even if you don’t like the choice. So we’re all shifting that blame on to Amazon, the great evil that’s buying up the book market as rapidly as possible.

From a business standpoint, Amazon made a smart decision: Goodreads is an advantageous acquisition. But this doesn’t mean that it’s going to transform Goodreads from the ground up into something more flattering to its image.

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Thanks for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Quick thanks to Kasia—and Cassie, whose post I missed yesterday!—for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! How nice!

The rules:

Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post(Here’s the link to Cassie’s post, too.)
Share seven things about yourself (see below).
Pass this award along to 15 or 20.
Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Here we go!

  1. I’m a cat lover! I have three babies right now: Mittens, Buffy, and Milo.
  2. I have a scar on my forehead from cracking my head open as a kid. Major ouch!
  3. My favorite book ever is A Wizard of Earthsea.
  4. One of my all-time favorite movies is Castaway. (I love Tom Hanks.)
  5. I contributed to a magazine recently. More on that later!
  6. If you’ve read my post on The Secret World of Arrietty then you know how much I love Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films. The best one in my opinion? Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro.
  7. I’m writing a science fiction/fantasy novel and my first book rolled into one. I’m a very, very busy bee!

Also: I’m super crazy about Batman.

Below are fifteen great blogs. I’ll work on sending out comments later today! Thanks again to the wonderful Kasia and Cassie! :)

Annie Cardi
Sarah’s Place
No Other Appetite
The Literary Mom
The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh”
Sometimes Bailey
Books and Bowel Movements
Mitten Mouth Music
Martha Mihalick
Mastering the Art of Life
little black sweats

By the way, no obligation to do this if I recommended you! Fifteen to twenty blogs is a LOT.

A quick thank you to the wonderful Sarah!

A shout-out to the amazing Sarah, who’s one of the friendliest and caring bloggers (and people) on the web. She gave me the Beautiful Blogger award today:

There are no rules to go with this award, no links to make, no hoops to jump through for accepting it. Just accept it, where it proudly and smile because YOU make a difference in someone’s day with your writing and posts.

Here’s my 5 Beautiful Bloggers for today – and when I say ‘Beautiful’, I don’t just mean their blogs, I mean their spirits and hearts too. If you guys would like to link back to this post go right ahead, but don’t feel like you have to.

Go visit her fantastic cooking blog if you haven’t already. Her recipes rule!

Thank you again, Sarah. Hope you’re having a fabulous week! :)