The writerly community was abuzz yesterday after this Publisher’s Weekly story announced that Amazon has bought Goodreads.
But will anything change?
I don’t spend a lot of time on Shelfari, but my impression is that Goodreads has the more active community of the two. I certainly use it more.
A merger between the two would be helpful to authors, because honestly — don’t we already have more social media networks to keep track of than is rational?
I don’t know that either (or both) of these sites actually help sell books. I suspect that, like every other form of social media, the best use isn’t in “selling” anything. It’s in being accessible and building relationships.
Which, now that I think of it, applies in the real world, too.
How about you? Do Goodreads and Shelfari influence your buying decisions? Do they help you find new readers?