Amazon Buys Social Book Community Goodreads.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It’s a digital place where more than 16 million people talk about, share about and create a social community about books. If you haven’t heard about Goodreads yet, you will soon.

That’s because Amazon just announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Goodreads, a place for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.

“Books – and the stories and ideas captured inside them – are part of our social fabric,” said Otis Chandler, Goodreads CEO and co-founder. “People love to talk about ideas and share their passion for the stories they read. I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to partner with Amazon and Kindle. We’re now going to be able to move faster in bringing the Goodreads experience to millions of readers around the world. We’re looking forward to inspiring greater literary discussion and helping more readers find great books, whether they read in print or digitally.”

Goodreads members can discover new books by seeing what their friends are reading or by using the Goodreads Book Recommendation Engine; share ratings and recommendations; track what they have read, and list what they want to read. Goodreads is also a place where more than 68,000 authors connect with readers.

The Amazon chapter will hopefully be a good one for Goodreads, and its community. To date, Goodreads members have added more than 530 million books to their shelves and written more than 23 million reviews. But it seems like that is the only beginning now that a book behemoth like Amazon has bought them.

“I just found out my two favorite people are getting married,” said Hugh Howey, best-selling author of WOOL. “The best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books – To Be Read piles everywhere must be groaning in anticipation.”

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