Since then, Amazon has slowly but surely brought Goodreads and its tens of millions of users closer to its Kindle ecosystem. First it was integrating Goodreads into the Kindle e-readers and apps.
Yesterday, Amazon took another step, building in functionality in Goodreads that allows users to import their books purchased on Amazon onto the Goodreads platform.
(While many users will find this convenient, others likely won’t. Why? Well, part of the appeal of ebooks is that nobody can see what you’re reading on your morning commute. With this new functionality, all of your Goodreads friends can see all your embarrassing Amazon purchases*.)
* According to a Goodreads spokesperson, users can choose which Amazon purchases to display and which to keep secret.
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Amazon in the UK: Keep Calm and Carry on (Forbes)
Publishers in the UK think an awful lot about the growing power of Amazon in that market. Some are doing more than just thinking about it.
Book Start-up Pitch Contest (DBW)
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Ebook Vouchers for Summer Reading (DBW)
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Cover Art Discovery (DBW)
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Government Gets Hip to Digital Publishing (GPO.gov)
The Government Printing Office is changing its name to the Government Publishing Office in light of the rise of digital publishing for its operations.
States Win One Against Apple (PW)
Apple lost another appeal in its ongoing struggle against the Justice Department in the matter of ebook price fixing. The latest ruling is that the states can sue for money damages.
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Hogwarts Gets Into Online Education (Mashable)
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