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The Social Cataloguing Site Goodreads is Founded, and Acquired by Amazon


In January 2007 Otis and Elizabeth Chandler launched the "social cataloguing" website Goodreads in San Francisco.

"The website allows individuals to freely search Goodreads' extensive user-populated database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions" (Wikipedia article on Goodreads, accessed 10-29-2013).

In March 2013 Goodreads was acquired by

"In December 2007, the site had 650,000 members[6] and 10,000,000 books had been added.[7] By July 2012, the site reported 10 million members, 20 million monthly visits, and thirty employees.[8] On March 28, 2013, Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads,[9] and by July 23, 2013, Goodreads announced their user base had grown to 20 million members.[10]

"By July 2019, the site had 90 million members.[11]

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