Kobo is no longer using the Goodreads API to provide book ratings and reviews on its websites and apps. Maybe that’s not surprising, since Goodreads was acquired by Amazon in March.
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That means no more Goodreads ratings and reviews on Kobo book pages. It sounds as if the decision was driven by Kobo, not Amazon: The company’s chief content officer Michael Tamblyn tells Good E-reader that Kobo might re-add the Goodreads API in the future. And back in March when Amazon acquired Goodreads, the companies told me they would leave the Goodreads API open and would not shut off the Kobo feed.
Link to the rest at GigaOm and thanks to JR for the tip.
Since PG was not that familiar with the Kobo site, he went there and looked at several books. In the absence of any reviews, the only information about the book’s content was the publisher’s summary. Not a compelling sales environment without some sort of third-party comment on the book’s quality.
PG doesn’t think he would have cut off Goodreads reviews (as little as he likes some of them) without having a substitute ready to plug into the site. Sending a potential purchaser elsewhere to learn more about a book’s quality risks that purchaser never returning to actually buy a book.