As an author, this move is extremely exciting for me, as it could mean increased visibility for my books. Otis Chandler, the CEO of Goodreads, recently stated that book purchases made on Amazon could automatically show up on a person’s Goodreads shelf. That means if a person buys my book, all of their friends on Goodreads would see my book show up on the profile of the person who bought it. That’s exciting stuff, right there.
As a reader and Kindle user, I am very anxious to see how Amazon will integrate Goodreads functionality into the Kindle experience. Being able to interact with Goodreads while reading a book on Kindle will make sharing info about books I like much easier. That’s clearly a benefit for authors as well.
To me, it now seems more important than ever to have an author presence both on Amazon and on Goodreads. As these two become more integrated, being established in those communities will give authors a leg up on those who aren’t there already.