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This is interesting.
“Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount. Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007.
The move comes less than a month after Amazon’s acquisition of AbeBooks, a vendor of rare and used books from independent publishers. As part of that acquisition Amazon also got a stake in Shelfari’s competitor LibraryThing, which AbeBooks had previously purchased a 40% stake in.”
I suspect we’ll see more intense intrusion on the space that libraries and brick bookstores felt they dominated. Not anymore.
The implementation of BiblioCommons at Oakville Public Library is a bright light.

Posted on: August 26, 2008, 10:16 am Category: Uncategorized

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