Potential Apple/Goodreads Partnership Quashed by Amazon Acquisition

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    Before Amazon's acquisition of Goodreads earlier this year, Apple had been talking to the company about a partnership between Goodreads and Apple's iBookstore.

    However, once Amazon got into acquisition talks with Goodreads, those talks with Apple broke off, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
    Goodreads is a popular book-recommendation site that would seem to fit well into Amazon's sales recommendation system. Amazon has indicated that it will keep the company as a separate entity, but will integrate its recommendations into its system going forward.

    Article Link: Potential Apple/Goodreads Partnership Quashed by Amazon Acquisition
     
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    Doesnt sound so much like this was quashed by Amazon as "coincidentally going nowhere when Amazon came along."

    If talks weren't really progressing, it's not like Amazon swooped in to destroy the deal. The headline reads like Amazon bought Goodreads just to prevent the ten people who browse iBooks from having Goodreads integrated.
     
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    it would be a feature i never use. like genius.
     
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    Am I the only one who doesn't want to see every cool little social/technology startup that gains traction just bought by Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Google/Microsoft/Samsung/Wayne Enterprises??

    To it's credit Google seems to be the only one not buying up companies to stop their services being used on competitors devices.

    They just shut them down 6 months later instead.
     
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    Yeah but you can't get everybody all riled up without a sensational headline.

     
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    I wonder how long the semi-independence will last.
     
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    The talks apparently were about to go somewhere. Apple called back to move forward with it, and Goodreads went silent because they were in talks with Amazon.

    But no, Amazon certainly didn't do the deal to block Apple.
     
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    wow, you'd think that Apple would have bought them shortly after iBooks was released (16 million members)
     
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    IMDB is also with Amazon, some critique but generally independent enough.
     
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    You're talking about Google, who is interested in ad revenue. They want to keep the user base! Where as hardware companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung want you to keep buying more of their products. Google makes what, 1 physical product? The Pixel. Soon to be 2 (Glass).
     
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    A pity, since I absolutely love Goodreads (Apart from their iOS app, which *really* needs some UI work!).

    But I'd rather see Goodreads become part of Amazon than Apple, so I'm still fine.
     
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    You snooze, you lose, Apple. You had enough money to buy thousands of GoodReads, but you let Amazon buy it up instead. And it would have not been much money at all (< $1 million).
     
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    iBooks is useless to me until they can be read on other devices (mac!?).
     
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    Shelfari and Goodreads are the two largest social networks for book readers. How in the world did Amazon get away with buying both of them?
     
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    Once again Apple loses a good deal due to poor negotiation tactics. So sad.
     
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    Remains to be seen, but even Apple has maintained subsidiaries in the past, just not many.
     
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    est. $150-200 million, but still quite affordable for Apple.... surprised that they even let Flixster buy Rotten Tomatoes.


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    You have relatively no information and you come up with that? Really?
     
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    Definitely not the only one.
     
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    That's amazing. How does a website become so expensive. They produce no technology, no innovation, no patents, but they're worth that much? It's basically a message board. That's like saying MRs is worth $200 million.
     
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    Im with you !, in most cases when enterprises buy startups they kill innovation of startups
     
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    Well... The whole point of a startup is most of the times to be acquired by a giant. Only a tiny minority can hope of making it going public.
     

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