Amazon’s recent acquisition of Goodreads will likely have a ripple effect on other social media sites targeted at book lovers, with LibraryThing and Bookish potentially drawing membership from any defectors unhappy with the sale. Meanwhile, many Kindle owners will be introduced to Goodreads for the first time, as the site’s social media functions are integrated with Kindle devices. “Goodreads was fully independent…. it made them the natural allies of people who wanted to avoid the consolidation of the industry, in particular publishers,” LibraryThing founder Tim Spalding told LJ.
Toronto Board politics I am a retired Toronto Public Library (TPL) librarian (28 years) and past president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union (TPLWU). Thanks to LJ for the article “Toronto Library Closed by Strike.” The current dispute at TPL has implications for public libraries and library workers across Canada and North America. I [...]