Amazon have just announced that they have acquired Goodreads, which is a website for book recommendations, sort of a social network for book worms. The likely use for the site would be to improve the current recommendations that Kindle users receive when reading or discussing a book.
Amazon are yet to disclosure the terms of this deal, but Amazon’s Vice President of Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti said the following about the acquisition, “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading, Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world.”
Continuing to say:
“In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft, together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.”
Goodreads currently has over 16 million members worldwide, of which are part of more than 30,000 book clubs.
In a blog post, Goodreads CEO and Co-Founder, Otis Chandler followed up with his own opinions:
“With the reach and resources of Amazon, Goodreads can introduce more readers to our vibrant community of book lovers and create an even better experience for our members,” Chandler said. “Our members have been asking us to bring the Goodreads experience to an e-reader for a long time. Now we’re looking forward to bringing Goodreads to the most popular e-reader in the world, Kindle, and further reinventing what reading can be.”