Wattpad put the $46 million raised in their latest round of funding to good use last week.
PW reports that Wattpad has acquired a smaller rival writer site called Red Room for an undisclosed sum. In what could well be described as a whirlwind acquisition, Red Room informed members only last week that the site had been bought, and they turned off the servers today (no, seriously.) Continue reading
The beloved social reading platform Readmill is shutting down next Monday, and a couple days ago they sent out an email to remind users that they need to back up their content and account, and move it to another service. Continue reading
Goodreads has just announced another reason for Amazon customers to use the site.
The online book community, which Amazon acquired last year, is now enabling readers to automatically sync their Amazon book purchases with their Goodreads account. The new feature is being slowly rolled out to Goodreads users and it is currently limited to only the US,Canada, and Australia, but Goodreads plans to expand availability in the future. Continue reading
Wattpad launched phase 3 of their expansion plan today:
- Launch community
- Not be acquired by Amazon
- Profit! Continue reading
It has now been a week since Readmill announced that they were being acquired by Dropbox, and now that the appropriate mourning period is over it is time to consider what to do next. Continue reading
Booklovers, rejoice. The blog-focused book community BookLikes has added new support for the Kindle.
BookLikes members can now sync their Kindle account with BookLikes and share their reading stats with other members. Members can share their reading status and the latest information on the ebooks they have read and rated. Continue reading
The social writing network Wattpad rolled out a new update last week for their mobile apps. In addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, the apps now support a new offline mode which enables users to not just read and write stories, but also add comments and vote on stories. Continue reading
Goodreads may have been founded on the idea of people communicating but lately it seems the management has only been opening their mouth to change feet.
I’ve just learned that Goodreads has disabled their integration with BookLikes, a smaller online book community, over claims that BookLikes is responsible for spontaneous and erroneous deletions of users’ content. Furthermore, I’ve also been informed that Goodreads has sent out emails to their members and publicly blamed BookLikes for the deletions.
Based on the response from some Goodreads users (and based on Goodreads’ past conduct), I am not certain that Goodreads is telling the whole truth. Continue reading
Whether you agree with the new review policy or not, the latest dust-up at Goodreads is inspiring a number of members to go look for an alternative. Some are ending up at LibraryThing, others at Shelfari, and a few are trying a relatively new community called Booklikes. Continue reading
Goodreads has long been struggling to decide between the opposing needs of reader/reviewers and of authors, and today the latter group has finally won out.
Goodreads announced a new content policy on Friday. In addition to a few token gestures in support of an anti-bullying policy, this Amazon-owned online community has announced that they will now delete bookshelves and reviews that focus on author behavior: Continue reading