I've never been particularly abashed about my love for Goodreads, particularly after LivingSocial decided it wasn't going to continue on with its original business plan. So I was understandable a little anxious when I read this article from CNET today about Amazon acquiring Goodreads.
I use Goodreads for a number of things--first and foremost is to keep up with what I read. I read so much that it's handy to have Goodreads there, especially as an app on my phone, to keep me from buying a book over again. It also helps me track what I read.
I also like being able to put my reviews down at Goodreads. For my reviews, I often review a book here at the blog, then copy/paste my review, sans any graphics, over at Goodreads with a link to the original post. Sometimes publishers also request that I put a review over on Amazon when I'm finished reading a book. To distinguish myself from those reviewers, I always make sure that my disclaimer about receiving a copy of the book is front and center (though I have wondered if I should also put that my publication of the review there is at the request of the publisher, or if that is understood. Thoughts?).
I think what may concern me is privacy problems. My Goodreads is linked to my Facebook, which I don't particularly want linked to my Amazon account. I also don't want Amazon automatically updating my Goodreads when I order things.
I understand what Amazon can bring to the table. The message from Goodreads' founders that was on the site today expressed excitement about being able to connect to e-readers, though in this case that will mean the Kindle, and almost assuredly, the Kindle alone, which I think is going be a problem for Barnes and Noble. I would have much rather seen Goodreads move for some kind of e-reader integration across markets, instead of giving Amazon yet another tool in the box, however small, to keep hammering at B&N's market share.
Still, this could be good for Goodreads users. Only time will tell.