Goodreads’ success story (infographic)
This infographic is intended to mirror the condition of Goodreads at the time of glory – and on the edge of losing independence.
I designed this chart as a tribute to one of the most successful book sites on this planet – the sites that have power to keep people close to books and reading. The Goodreads team had, and I hope will have, the energy to inspire millions to deepen love for books by joining fellow lovers of written word. In fact, Goodreads’ vibrant community is its strongest part.
Quite frankly, I’m not sure if it’s gonna end well for the community of Goodreads. Amazon bought the site to have full control over it. Ask yourself a question: if you were Amazon, wouldn’t you like that community to move to your own site? For Amazon they are not book lovers. They are book buyers. Now, if they would do the same on Amazon’s website – write reviews, add books to wish lists, take part in discussions – they will become just buyers, as Amazon offers books and everything else.
Maybe I’m too pessimistic. Maybe. When collecting data for this chart I was not able to find any info about Shelfari. No number of users, no number of books collected. Nothing. Typical Amazon policy. The most precise numbers are “thousands” and “millions”. So, when I compared monthly traffic (for US, via Quantcast) it appeared, that Shelfari has no more than 60 thousand monthly visitors – almost 200 times less than Goodreads! Where is the Shelfari community, the site that was bought by Amazon for $1 million in 2008?
I’m not sure about Goodreads’ future, maybe in a couple of years I will create an infographic “Gooddeal’s success story”. Anyway, these six years were fantastic for the site and its users.
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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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