Goodreads vs Google Books
Latest news about Goodreads and Google Books:
20.09.16. Google Books will now make better suggestions on what to read next. Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.
20.10.15. Google Books project ruled legal by U.S. appeals court. A decade-long legal battle looks to be finally coming to an end. A U.S. appeals court said that Google's book scanning project, Google Books, doesn't violate copyright law, Reuters reports. The decision comes after the Authors Guild, along with some non-guild-affiliated writers sued Google in 2005, claiming the company's project would negatively impact their revenue. The Authors Guild sued Google in 2005 claiming lost revenue, with a lower court in New York ruling in favor of Google in 2013. Google, for its part said its work would help increase author revenue by exposing potential customers to works they might not have been familiar with. The 2013 decision was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday, finding that Google's publishing of excerpts qualified as Fair Use and were in the public interest.
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.
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.
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. Google Books survives the copyright fight. The eight-year-long legal battle between Authors Guild and Google Books has finally come to the end. New York, US Circuit Judge Denny Chin said the book scanning amounted to fair use because it was “highly transformative” and because it didn’t harm the market for the original work. “Google Books provides significant public benefits,” Chin wrote, describing it as “an essential research tool” and noting that the scanning service has expanded literary access for the blind and helped preserve the text of old books from physical decay. Chin also rejected the theory that Google's online book database was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” The Authors Guild has now the option of appealing the ruling.
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. 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.