Amazon Books vs Goodreads

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Latest news about Amazon Books and Goodreads:

27.06.17. Amazon is renaming Kindle Books to Digital Books. Amazon is changing definitions: Kindle eBook and Kindle Edition become Digital Book or eBook. Removing the word Kindle from e-books informs users that they do not need an e-reader to read e-books, but there are now many different mediums Amazon employs for people to read or have books read aloud. For example you can now have e-books read aloud to you with the Amazon Echo and Alexa.

14.02.17. GoodReads is rolling out the ReRead system. Many GoodReads users set a book goal for the calendar year. Sometimes you simply want to reread the Harry Potter saga or one of the Divergent books, but in the past they would not count towards your goal. This has all changed with a new BETA ReRead feature that will be rolled out globally in the coming months. Next time you decide to reread a book that you’ve already marked as Read on Goodreads, simply mark it as Currently Reading. When you are done, just mark it as Read. You can do this from the Goodreads iOS and Android apps and on, as well as in the About the Book feature on Kindle.

15.11.16. Amazon Prime Reading is now available on iPhone and iPad. Amazon Prime Reading is a new program where you can read as many books as you want from a revolving pool of titles, you can think of it as a scaled down version of Kindle Unlimited. There are around 1,000 e-books and magazines on the platform and today you can now read them on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. All of the e-books you read are totally compatible with Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads.

21.04.15. Goodreads adds Audible integration to let you listen free audiobook samples. Amazon's Goodreads now lets users listen to free audio samples of 180,000 titles on its platform through a new “Listen” button drawing from Audible’s digital audiobook catalog. Those samples will be available to all Goodreads users whether or not they are Audible customers, but the new feature comes with an offer of a 30-day free trial of Audible, which, like Goodreads, is owned by Amazon. The streaming feature will be available to users on the Goodreads website, with plans to extend it to the mobile site and apps shortly, according to an announcement today. The move is push to help ebook readers discover audiobook content and comes at a time when publishers and retailers are experimenting with ways to encourage crossover usage of the two formats.

17.03.15. Amazon launched crowd-publishing platform Write On. Amazon has a new crowd-publishing platform called Write On, which is a direct competitor to Wattpad, the social network with self-publishing authors offering up their content for free, and working together with the community to incorporate feedback into their ongoing work. The Amazon version launched last October as an invite-only beta, but now it’s a full-fledged product available to all, and the beta label is gone. The Amazon platform allows anyone to share anything they’re working on at any stage. They can offer full works, chapters, outlines, vague character sketches or even just single snippets and poll the community for feedback. You don’t have to write to participate, either – anyone who wants only to read has plenty of content to browse and nibble on, organized by genre, and there’s a “shuffle” feature that brings you to a random work.

27.09.14. Goodreads mobile app gets a makeover . Amazon's Goodreads rolled out a significant redesign on iOS (coming soon to Android) – something regular Goodreads users have wanted for some time. Now, instead of having you land on an outdated, grid-like homescreen when the app is first launched, it immediately displays a “news feed” filled with your friends’ recent updates on the network, including books they’ve read, rated, reviewed and more. Here, you can like and comment on the posts from friends with ease, delivering on Goodreads’ promise to function as more of a social network for book readers, and not just a utility where you independently catalog your own progress.

26.05.14. continues price battle against big publishers. Over the past few months, Amazon has been fighting a quiet battle with Hachette (one of the largest publishers in the world) to get more for "co-op" (that is, marketing dollars publishers spend with retailers to ensure certain in-store or, in Amazon’s case, on-website marketing).. Amazon was reportedly making it harder for readers to acquire the company’s titles. In addition to being slower to deliver Hachette products to customers, Amazon has also stopped discounting Hachette titles as much as before. Last week Amazon had removed preorder options for upcoming titles from publisher Hachette. Remind, that back in 2010, Amazon stopped selling titles of another big publisher - Macmillan. But after public protests Amazon capitulated.

18.04.14. Goodreads allows to import books, purchased on Amazon. Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they’ve purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts. One incentive for linking the accounts, Goodreads says, is that “more books added to your Goodreads shelves means better recommendations to help you find more great books to read. The super-smart algorithm powering our recommendations engine analyzes the books you rate to come up with the best book suggestions for your unique reading tastes.” The linking is also another way for Amazon to see which of its customers are Goodreads users, though Goodreads notes that “We give you full control over which books to add so you can avoid adding any books bought as gifts. Any book not rated or added to a shelf will not be added to Goodreads.”

12.03.14. Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1. Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

10.03.14. Goodreads competitor Slice Bookshelf shuts down. Slice Bookshelf, a social community for readers taking on Amazon-owned Goodreads by offering a more modern experience, and one that was less dependent on manual input from users, is shutting down. The company says that, going forward, it’s focusing on improvements to its core product, mobile shopping companion, Slice, instead. With Bookshelf, Slice had experimented with using its proprietary inbox-scanning technology in a new vertical: instead of tracking your purchases in general, it specifically located your book and e-book receipts. Combined with data from Facebook, the service could automatically build your library, without the tedious data input competitor Goodreads still requires.

2013. Amazon integrates Goodreads into Kindle Fire OS. Earlier this year Amazon begun to integrate the popular book recommendation site Goodreads (that it acquired in March this year) into its tablets. But in the latest Fire OS release, Goodreads has been integrated directly into the reading experience, so you can participate in Goodreads community without having to exit the book and launch an app. Readers can now capture and share their favorite quotes to Goodreads from inside the book, see what others are reading, and rate and review books upon completion. You’re also able to import all the books you’ve purchased on Amazon, including print and Kindle titles, into Goodreads, which is helpful for those who haven’t been keeping up with their Goodreads account over the years.

2013. Amazon offering descounted ebooks for purchased print books. Amazon announced the new program called MatchBook, giving customers incentive to buy a digital version of any physical book ever purchased on the site. If you've ever bought a print version of a book on Amazon, you can now buy the Kindle edition at a hugely discounted price — from free to $2.99. This includes books bought back in 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore. In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish. The program launches in October.

2013. Kobo stops showing Goodreads ratings and reviews. As you remember, Amazon acquired book-review social network Goodreads in March, so it's logical, that Kobo has stopped using the Goodreads API on its website and in its apps. That means no more Goodreads ratings and reviews on Kobo book pages. It sounds as if the decision was driven by Kobo, not Goodreads or Amazon: The company’s chief content officer Michael Tamblyn tells Good E-reader that Kobo might re-add the Goodreads API in the future. But the move demonstrates the risk of relying on what is now a competing retailer’s API. At one point, Goodreads actually encountered a similar problem itself: In early 2012, it stopped sourcing its book data from Amazon’s API, switching over to book wholesaler Ingram’s data instead. Even now, Goodreads says, it’s using metadata from a mixture of sources — Ingram, WorldCat and ONIX feeds.

2013. Overstock vs Amazon competition will reduce ebook prices. In the end of July US online retailer declared pricing war to Amazon,  offering (for a week) 360,000 books at least 10% below Amazon's price. After that Amazon matched Overstock’s lower prices step for step. Yesterday Overstock announced that it would extend its “10% below Amazon” price promotion for all the books in its online store, so the pricing war will stretch into a second week. Of course, these are print books, but the ebook ecosystem will be also affected for sure.

2013. Amazon to acquire Goodreads. Amazon has announced today that it will acquire Goodreads. Goodreads is the leading book discovery site with 16 million users and over 23 million book reviews. It allows users to join book-discussion groups and share recommendations, reviews, books they've read and enjoyed or hated and their "want to read" lists. Goodreads also has its own recommendation engine. Right now, the Goodreads site makes it relatively easy for users to download or purchase books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites. It's sort of hard to imagine that Amazon will continue to allow links to non-Amazon stores going forward.