... when Amazon bought Goodreads, people despaired that it was tightening its chokehold by eating up the last community of readers independent of Amazon.
"Thankfully, saner voices bearing better information have prevailed. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher has sources close to the deal who say Amazon netted Goodreads for an unspecified mix of cash and stock worth somewhere between $140 and $150 million."
 was the year that 3 major publishers got together and announced a new site that would give them a direct digital connection to readers.
It’s called Bookish, and it does give Hachette, Penguin, or Simon & Schuster a direct connection to readers. But the connection it offers is so very, very different from Goodreads that the differences tell us quite a bit about these publishers’ priorities.
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