Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,
I know I’ve used Goodreads (either as a link or as a reference) in almost all of my book reviews. I seriously would not read or know about nearly as many books as I do without the help of this site. The funny thing is that, although the site first started in 2007, I didn’t hear about it until nearly two years later, and I never would have heard of it unless I had interned at a local bookstore. Before this site, I had no real way to keep track of what I had read as well as whether I liked it or not and why I felt that way (I gave up on lists after I reached the fifth page of just books I owned and I hadn’t thought of blogging just yet).
Goodreads also provided me with a way to connect to others that were just as passionate a me about reading, as well as provided me with upcoming releases and other books that I might ike or be interested in. I think that the first time I ever logged into Goodreads I spent something like three hours just looking at and reading all of the different book descriptions and book lists that the site had to offer. I can still occasionally do that (I know I shouldn’t because my to-read list is quickly approaching 300 on Goodreads, but I just can’t seem to help myself).
Goodreads is an amazing site that I seriously do not know what I would do without. Recently though, Goodreads was acquired/bought by Amazon, and that has a lot of its users in a panic/uproar. Amazon has stated that they have no plans on changing Goodreads, and that they want to use it to expand on their ebooks. Otis Chandler, the founder of Goodreads, has also stated that Goodreads isn’t going to change and is going to remain unique, independent, and run by the same people as before.
Only time can tell what will happen though. For the time being, I am going to stick with Goodreads. But if anything major changes, I won’t hesitate to find a similar site (such as LibraryThing).
If you’re a Goodreads user, comment below and tell me your thoughts in the acquisition. I would love to hear from you.
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