Friends who work in publishing: what’s your take on this? As someone who buys basically all my books through Amazon, I’m excited for better integration – I can never remember to go through and manually add the books I read to Goodreads on a regular basis. If there were a tool that said, “Rate your recent Amazon purchases” or something, it would be great.
On the other hand, I do think there’s value in having a vibrant literary-discussion community that exists independent of a retailer. Until now, Goodreads felt like a place that you could go to escape the increasingly-depressing discussions about the difficulties of the publishing industry and of independent bookstores, and just talk about books. I don’t know if it’ll retain that feeling now that it’s a feeding tube for Amazon’s algorithms.