This puts Amazon in an even stronger position to control which books get read and which ones languish. We’ll have to wait and see if Amazon starts deleting bookstore links, thus reducing options for both readers and authors. In any case, the 500 pound gorilla that is Amazon just got considerably bigger.
Amazon.com announced on Thursday that it would acquire Goodreads, a social networking site for readers and book recommendations. With 16 million members and 23 million book reviews on the site, Goodreads is hub for avid readers and one of the leading sites where publishers promote books.
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About Avery Hurt
Avery Hurt is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in health and science journalism and science and literature for kids and young adults. Her work appears regularly in national publications including: The New Physician, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Mental_Floss, USA Today, Eating Well, Heart Healthy Living, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Avery is the author of the books, Bullet with Your Name on It: What You Will Probably Die From and What You Can Do About It (Clerisy 2007) and Don’t Worry, I’m Not Contagious: How An Understanding of the Microbes that Live In and On You Can Help Keep You Healthy, forthcoming.