You’ve seen the headlines. And if you’re on any kind of social networking site or forum for authors, you’ve seen all the posts.
Amazon is buying Goodreads.
This may seem weird, but I don’t actually have an opinion on it. The consensus that I’ve seen seems to be that Amazon is extending its already far reach beyond the comfort zone. I don’t know how I feel about it – mostly because Goodreads has always been an uncomfortable place for me. I don’t go there. I don’t read the reviews. I’m not there talking about books I like or dislike or trying to get anyone’s attention. That could be to my detriment, but having visited the place a few times and come away with that icky feeling you get when you’ve been somewhere you probably shouldn’t be, I never felt much desire to go back.
A lot of writers have strong opinions about Amazon and its influence on the industry. Some love it, some hate it, but no one gets by completely free of it.
My views on both entities are cautious. I love that Amazon gave indie pubbed books a chance and allowed writers so much more freedom than we used to have. I find them easy to work with and reliable. I don’t consider them a cash cow, but I know plenty of authors who are making a living off of their Amazon sales. I still don’t want to see any one retailer or publisher [since Amazon is now both] corner the market because that will take away the choices we’ve all just come to enjoy.
Tell me what you think about this merger/acquisition/whatever it is. Will it help the publishing industry, and by that I mean will it help authors? Will it hurt? Should we be thrilled or terrified or noncommittal? Discuss.