Monday, April 1, 2013

Goodreads and Amazon Combine Forces!

Are you looking for a new book to read? Check out Goodreads.  According to their website: “Goodreads is the most visited social media site built around sharing books. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create ‘bookshelves’ to organize what you've read (or want to read). You can comment on each other's reviews. You can find your next favorite book”. 

Last week Amazon bought Goodreads and will be incorporating the social book-recommendation site into Amazon sometime in 2013. The Goodreads family will retain their independence and will be managed and operated by the existing staff.  Hugh Howey, a self-published best-selling author described the merger best, "I just found out my two favorite people are getting married. The best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books.”  To read more about the plans to combine Amazon and Goodreads, read the following New York Times article.

-Emily Hart, Research and Instruction Librarian