Exciting News About Goodreads: We're Joining the Amazon Family!

Posted by Otis Chandler on March 28, 2013
When Elizabeth and I started Goodreads from my living room seven years ago, we set out to create a better way for people to find and share books they love. It's been a wild ride seeing how the company has grown and watching as more than 16 million readers from across the globe have joined Goodreads and connected over a passion for books.

Today I'm really happy to announce a new milestone for Goodreads: We are joining the Amazon family. We truly could not think of a more perfect partner for Goodreads as we both share a love of books and an appreciation for the authors who write them. We also both love to invent products and services that touch millions of people.

I'm excited about this for three reasons:

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Amazon supports us continuing to grow our vision as an independent entity, under the Goodreads brand and with our unique culture.

It's important to be clear that Goodreads and the awesome team behind it are not going away. Goodreads will continue to be the wonderful community that we all cherish. We plan to continue offering you everything that you love about the site—the ability to track what you read, discover great books, discuss and share them with fellow book lovers, and connect directly with your favorite authors—and your reviews and ratings will remain here on Goodreads. And it's incredibly important to us that we remain a home for all types of readers, no matter if you read on paper, audio, digitally, from scrolls, or even stone tablets.

For all of you Kindle readers, there's obviously an extra bonus in this announcement. You've asked us for a long time to be able to integrate your Kindle and Goodreads experiences. Making that option a reality is one of our top priorities.

Our team gets out of bed every day motivated by the belief that the right book in the right hands can change the world. Now Goodreads can help make that happen in an even bigger and more meaningful way thanks to joining the Amazon family. (And if you want to be part of this, please check out our Jobs page for open positions. We've got a lot of hires to make!)

This is an emotional day for me. Goodreads is more than a company to me – it's something that Elizabeth and I created because we wanted it to exist. Since then it has grown a lot and become a place we love working at, full of incredibly smart and passionate people who also believe in our mission. I feel a little like a college graduate – happy to come to this milestone, nostalgic for the past amazing seven years, and incredibly, incredibly, excited for the future.


P.S. For the more official version of the announcement, here's the press release that went out today.

P.P.S. Please let us know – what integration with Kindle would you love to see the most?

Comments Showing 1-50 of 2,233 (2233 new)

message 1: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Is it going to be required to use your Amazon login to get into GR, then?

message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Feature Request: When I buy a book on Amazon I'd like it to automatically get added to my to read or reading shelf (unless I click a box to not post it, which I would do if it was something like a Self Help book, no one needs to know that I need any help.)

message 3: by Jacquie (new)

Jacquie for me, I would like to be able to post one review and have it go to both sites

message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy Williamson What about us Nookies?

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

So I hope all the missing book covers come back to Goodreads?!

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm excited to not feel pressured to review and/or rate books on both sites separately. I'm assuming those will be integrated?

Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) Oh, I second Jacquie. That would be fablous to have the reviews linked!

message 8: by Laura (new)

Laura Schaefer Great news! I'm hoping my missing book covers will reappear. :)

message 9: by Nicky (new)

Nicky *checks date*

F***. It's not April Fool's Day. This is real!?

message 10: by M.B. (new)

M.B. Jacquie wrote: "for me, I would like to be able to post one review and have it go to both sites"

This is a great idea!

message 11: by Niklas (new)

Niklas Pivic I'd like to be able to access/share Goodreads stuff from the Kindle directly to Goodreads and elsewhere, e.g. reading progress, content, quotes, author info, directly without leaving a page. Furthermore, I'd still love to find info on where to purchase a book as cheaply as possible, not restricted to Amazon.

message 12: by A.J. (new)

A.J. Jr. COOL!! :)

message 13: by Mustafa (new)

Mustafa I get it, you need money. But I hope Amazon does not hinder the ability to buy books from other sites and prevent competition.

message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah This curious since Amazon already owns and neglects Shelfari.

I would say nothing needs to be done for readers except include more of the website features in to the existing app for Nook and Kindle Fire. There is no need to give special treatment to Kindle users

message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate O'Hanlon And after all the work we did when Amazon pulled their database *sigh*

message 16: by Natasha (new)

Natasha den Dekker Jacquie wrote: "for me, I would like to be able to post one review and have it go to both sites"

That's something I would like, if it was across both, then I wouldn't have to worry about writing 2 reviews...so it sync across, amazon, facebook and twitter :D

message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Now I know on Amazon your reviews are no longer your own, but Amazon's, does this mean that my reviews on GR will belong to Amazon?

message 18: by Cathy (new)

Cathy So another good site succumbs to the lure of the big name...I hope the original purpose of Goodreads won't be lost. If it is, I'll return to pencil/paper to record my reading.

message 19: by J.C. (new)

J.C. Harker Awesome news. Can't wait to see what kind of integration this will produce. Would be nice to be able to sync the books on my kindle with GR automatically :)

message 20: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Straka I'm with Nikki. Not happy about this news.

message 21: by Diane (new)

Diane Will Hoping NOTHING changes on Goodreads at all and agree with above about the star ratings etc.

message 22: by Christa (new)

Christa This sounds like exactly what I've been needing.
I agree with Catherine. When I buy a book on Kindle/Amazon I'd like it to automatically get added to my to read or reading shelf (unless I click a box to not post it).
I would also like for Kindle to include a feature that allows me to categorize my books (using my own categories, perhaps in addition to those set by kindle). It's tough to find a book I purchased last year if I don't remember the name.
I'd also love to easily see what others are reading and buy a copy right then and there.

message 23: by Mary Beth (new)

Mary Beth This gives me a case of the sads. Sorry. Not excited about this. GR was great the way it was.

message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I'm excited! I love Goodreads and I love my Kindle Fire. I would love to see my bookshelves inigrated or some type of bookshelf via a Goodreads app that will work with the Kindle. Only downfall of the Kindle Fire via the Nook Color is not being able to organize my books.

message 25: by Tori (new)

Tori Hmmm. Congrats but I shall hold off on breaking out the champagne.

message 26: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Hilborne Very exciting news. I, too, would love to see the integration of reviews to both sites

message 27: by Macartney (new)

Macartney This is a big bummer. I understand you guys and your backers are looking to make money, but this has ripped the rug out from under everything I enjoyed about Goodreads. Amazon is undermining and destroying publishing as we know it. I don't want to participate with that kind of company. :(

message 28: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Mccrea Bye Bye Shelfari . . . Hello Goodreads!! I hope nothing changes with Goodreads. I hope Amazon merges my "To read" list with my Amazon Wishlist.

message 29: by Anne (new)

Anne Payne I'm an amazon customer and certainly don't hate the company and I am happy that people who took the initiative to put goodreads together are being rewarded financially. That said, this news strikes me as sad. I liked/would prefer a community of readers not backed by someone with motives to a) unrelentingly mine my data and b) sell me stuff.

Again, not trying to vilify or begrudging a financial reward to anyone, but this is not cheering news.

message 30: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Aylesworth This is fantastic news! I do hope that the site continues to run independently, as promised, but I suspect (hope) Amazon is smart enough to not want to mess with its success. But I'm definitely looking forward to better integration with Kindle and Amazon's web site.


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Terrible news. Goodbye Goodreads.

Sarah - Exploring All Genres I'm on the fence with this. Amazon's Shelfari site is terrible and I avoid using it because of that, if they do something similar with GoodReads I will likely leave.

message 33: by Pippa (last edited Mar 28, 2013 01:25PM) (new)

Pippa Jay I'm gutted. Are Amazon going to impose their policy of preventing authors from reviewing books on Goodreads as they are doing on all Amazon sites? Because this is why I stopped posting reviews on Amazon and concentrated on doing them on Goodreads. Not happy about this news at all. :(

message 34: by E.W. (new)

E.W. Greenlee Too bad the members were not clued on this decision. I would have paid a fee to keep this site independent. Now all I can do is wait and see.

message 35: by Shari (new)

Shari Last thing Amazon bought they killed off - Stanza by Lexcycle - it was one of the best mobile reader apps around.

Let's hope they keep GoodReads instead of Shelfari. *fingers crossed*

message 36: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Very disturbing news after all the trouble with Amazon last year.

message 37: by Laura (new)

Laura Jones What terrible news. Loss of an independent reader community, now another channel for the faceless machine to leech reader data to withhold from suffering publishers & booksellers. If through this account Amazon has a record of my reading habits I will be deleting the account. Very sad.

sabisteb aka callisto Do you really think this a good idea? There was a reason why you stopped using the amazon data in the goodreads database.

message 39: by Angela (new)

Angela Not sure how I feel about this and I am an Amazon Customer. What I lOVE about GR is that it's truly crowd-sourced. Amazon is not a family- it's a profit making machine. Quoting Anne (message 33) "I liked/would prefer a community of readers not backed by someone with motives to a) unrelentingly mine my data and b) sell me stuff."

message 40: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Rose Jacquie wrote: "for me, I would like to be able to post one review and have it go to both sites"

Agreed. I would like that feature this way I don't have to review the same book twice!

message 41: by D.G. (new)

D.G. 3. Amazon supports us continuing to grow our vision as an independent entity, under the Goodreads brand and with our unique culture.

I really hopes this is true. I don't post reviews on Amazon for a reason.

message 42: by Dijun (new)

Dijun I am not sure I am happy with that announcement but we'll see.

(I find it sad that it's certainly be all about the kindle...It already is when you read this article. there is more than one brand for ereader.)

message 43: by Debi (new)

Debi Beall Sorry to hear the news. I guess money talks. Sad ...

message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

As an independent bookseller, I am very disappointed to see this as Goodreads stood out as one of the few book-oriented websites independent of Amazon. I will be deleting my account, and sad to see the information and connections I made go with it, but I can't support an organization I truly feel has nothing but it's own profits in mind and one which has done (and will continue to do) a lot of harm to the publishing business.

message 45: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Catherine wrote: "Feature Request: When I buy a book on Amazon I'd like it to automatically get added to my to read or reading shelf (unless I click a box to not post it, which I would do if it was something like a ..."

Yes. This, please.

message 46: by karen (new)

karen amazon has been very hands-on and overcautious with the way it treats its reviews and reviewers. will you at least tell us before you delete our reviews?? because they don't.

message 47: by MissSusie (new)

MissSusie I am so confused by this... didn't you have a huge break-up with Amazon not long ago the whole No Amazon Covers or Content now all that work was for naught? I don't shop at Amazon and stay as far as I can away from there so I for one am not very thrilled by this for GR to become kindle-centric. I have a Nook and don't want to add a Kindle version to my library just because you are now a part of the Amazon book Monopoly.

message 48: by Carol (new)

Carol I am curious, is there any estimate of when this will happen? I stopped receiving books with GoodReads. On another site, I paid a small lifetime fee and still receive them. Could that happen in the future with GoodReads?

message 49: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Congratulations! I'm a huge promoter and fan of Goodreads!
Kathy Parker

message 50: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I am not an Amazon shopper nor do I intend to be. I liked the fact that Goodreads tended to operate independent of a single retailer and offered access to all. If you needed financial backing I would have been happy to pay a yearly fee for the server space, app development, etc.

I would like some assurances that my personal information, reviews, and posts, etc will remain ONLY on Goodreads and not become part of the Amazon conglomerate. If not, I may have to reconsider remaining a part of the community which makes me sad considering the number of years I have been on here.

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