As an independent bookseller, I’m really disappointed about this. Indies need all the help they can get these days, and to have a community like Goodreads fall into the corporate hands of a small-business-crusher like Amazon…
We’re losing allies by the day. I can only hope that loyal readers will vote with their dollars to keep local bookstores in business.
(I also posted this on Goodreads. It’s likely to be my final post there, as news of the sale has made me want to jump ship.)
Our new friend Rosie, a masters student at Australian National University and intern at McSweeney’s, made us a stop on her very busy tour of the independent publishing scene in the Pacific Northwest. Cheers for cross-continental collaboration!
“I don’t mind being out front telling people, ‘Hey, if you care about having a bookstore in your community, guess what? You have to buy books there. It helps the tax base, it creates jobs. We’re not just a showroom for Amazon.’ ”
Ann Patchett quoted by John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California, USA), May 8, 2012.