Amazon is buying Goodreads, its only sizable competitor for reader reviews and a site known for the depth and breadth of its users’ book recommendations.
I know you think a computer is sorta like a telegraph, Turow, because you also think Google Search is like a word processor’s Find command.
But are you so stupid that you can’t even parse the sentence you wrote?
Here are the four key words, you dimwit:
its users’ book recommendations
Do you know what they are? They are people. A few — god hopes very few — of them are also your readers.
They can leave Goodreads at any damn time.
Where was your outrage, Turow, over Facebook buying Instagram?
Ohhhkay, so maybe I went a bit off-topic there. But note this: When Facebook bought it, some people left. When Instagram tried to change its TOS, some people left. Instagram — like Goodreads — gets its content from people.
And here’s another thing: Content gets stale.
What’s a review written five years ago worth in terms of money? Let me parse that even finer: What’s a five-year-old review from someone who is just another reader worth? What’s a five-year-old review of a self-published book from a sockpuppet reviewer worth? Do you think this stuff increases in value each year, like a bank account collecting interest?
It all turns to dust.
You continue to embarrass yourself, Turow, every time you open your yap about technology and changes in the marketplace.
It’s time for you to just STFU already.
Previously here and elsewhere:
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Amazon Is Not All Of eBooks
Don’t Believe The eBook Anti-Anti-Trust Spin
Writer Societies Are Led By The Brain Dead
Google Books Search Settlement Rejected
The Authors Guild Leadership: 21st Century Chamberlains
Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Nails Authors Guild
And You Will Trust Google With All Of Our Books?
This Is Print Publishing’s Final Warning
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Sergey Brin: Also Absolutely Inexcusably Clueless
Google Thinks It Owns Our Books!
The First Step Towards A Google Book Search Solution
Google Always Had POD Planned
God Bless Marybeth Peters Of The Copyright Office!
Google Books Settlement Notes #2
Tomorrow: Google Books Settlement Deadline For Writers
Cooler Adds Google’s One Million ePubs Of Crap!
Google Books Settlement Notes #1
Google’s Great Writer Rip-Off
Google’s One Million eBooks Of Crap!
The Capitulation Of Print Publishing
Reject The Google Book Search Settlement!