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Amazon acquires Goodreads

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Your favorite social reading experience is coming to Kindle.

Amazon.com announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a popular and social media-savvy book recommending site. Founded in 2007, Goodreads allows users to track books they want to read, read and write user reviews, and form book clubs. The aspect of seeing what your friends are reading — as opposed to strangers like with an Amazon review — is part of the appeal. Currently, the site has over 16 million members with over 30,000 books clubs.

“Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading,” said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content in a press release. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.” READ FULL STORY

So you got a Kindle (or other e-reader) for Christmas! Here are 10 free books to fill it with

If Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos is to be believed, “many millions” of you received a Kindle product as a gift this holiday season. When I unwrapped my brand new Kindle last Christmas, I was itching to go on an e-book shopping bender. It can feel like you have every written word at your fingertips, and you want to read as much of what’s out there as you can. In the early days of Kindle ownership, I got download-happy and made some poor, money-wasting choices because buying books¬†became so easy. If a friend recommended a title over lunch, I’d drop $12 on it on the spot without researching it first, or I’d get impatient and buy a title that someone would end up giving me a few days later.

When my e-book buying habit started getting expensive, I looked to the many free books available in the Kindle Store to feed my hungry reader. Many public domain books are classics, ones that you might want to revisit from school or others that you feel guilty for not having read. Haven’t read Anna Karenina or War and Peace? Now you can’t use the excuse that you don’t want to lug those huge tomes around. I’m ashamed to admit that somehow I’d managed to reach my twenties without having read a Dickens all the way through, so I dutifully made my way through Great Expectations and Bleak House. Even if you don’t plan on actually reading some of these free books (will I actually read my e-copy of Ulysses? Probably not), simply owning them can give you the warm fuzzies. Here are 10 books/authors that won’t cost you a penny in the Kindle store! READ FULL STORY

Kindle Fire first impressions: Entertain me!

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If I hadn’t been given one at my old job, I would not own an iPad. I’m not the kind of person who’d use a tablet to store extensive photo albums or record a song on GarageBand. Aside from iBooks, Kindle, Netflix, and Hulu Plus, my other apps — like Pages and Numbers — go completely ignored. I only use my iPad for entertainment purposes, to read and watch stuff when I’m away from my real computer, so I’m clearly wasting its full capabilities. That’s why Amazon’s cheaper Kindle Fire might be the perfect mini-tablet for a light user like me.

So far, I love using the Fire to read books. I know this puts me in the minority, but before the Fire, I actually preferred reading on my iPad to reading on my Kindle 3G, unless I was traveling. I liked downloading books on the 3G and reading them on the iPad Kindle App (the iBooks store never had enough titles) because I preferred the page-turn swipes to pressing a button, the lit screen was ideal for bedtime reading, and the pagination was clearer than on the Kindle 3G. The Kindle Fire combines the tablet reading experience and Amazon Prime’s awesome selection.

I’m also impressed with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. READ FULL STORY

Barnes and Noble removes Sandman, Watchmen, and other graphic novels from its shelves

My attention was caught this morning by a tweet from Neil Gaiman: “Really? Barnes and Noble will no longer sell Sandman or Watchmen?” It turns out to be true: The company was angered by DC Comics’ deal ¬†with Amazon to sell 100 graphic novels –including Gaiman’s — exclusively on the Kindle Fire. So it ordered stores to begin stripping the DC books from their shelves. Later today, B&N issued a statement to CNN that said, in part,

“Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format…To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customer to make available any book, anywhere.”

Some Barnes & Noble stores — like the one nearest EW’s office — had completely removed the graphic novels in question by midafternoon. Other branches, like the one not far from my house in upstate New York, appear to not have heard the corporate message.

Has anyone seen this today at a Barnes & Noble? What do you think about it?

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