Apple Was Trying To Put Goodreads Into The iBookstore Before Amazon Buyout


You snooze, you loose.

About a month ago, Amazon bought Goodreads, a popular social network for reviewing and recommending books. The reason was obvious: Goodreads in the Kindle Store. But what a new report shows is that the buyout was also a move to steal Goodreads away from a potential partnership with Apple.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple was talking to Goodreads about integrating with the iBookstore. Goodreads reviews were going to show up alongside iTunes reviews, like how Rotten Tomatoes reviews are currently displayed for movies in the iTunes Store.

The two companies had been going back and forth about the possibility over the past year, and Apple asked Goodreads to partner again in March of this year. “iTunes officials were perplexed when Goodreads executives went quiet,” according to the Journal.

That’s because Amazon had proposed a multi-million dollar acquisition. Now Goodreads will assumedly be integrated into the Kindle Store.

  • RaptorOO7

    Bummer Apple, I guess Billions in cash doesn’t mean anything if you can’t close the deal and get to first base.

  • T_K

    what about Ping?

  • TheMadTurtle

    I’m partial to LibraryThing and as an Apple fan, I’d rather see that. Apple will probably jump on them next now that Goodreads is owned by Amazon. Apple will have to do something, certainly. The Kindle store can’t have something that the iBookstore doesn’t. Apple might not always be the first out of the gate, but they’re usually the winner in the long haul.

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