First and foremost, my apologies for sucking at posting here when I should. I put myself through a marathon of writing and editing, and gave myself a nasty RA flare up. I'm still not wholly feeling myself, but the show must go on, right?
By now I think the entire writing world is aware that Amazon bought the titan of reviews website GoodReads. The dragon left the cave, and devoured an entire village. Our blog friend Michelle Zink posted a link to an article about the purchase from a bookseller's point of view. Basically, to stay with our dragon anology, the beast has now become the miner and is digging for it's own gems.
Is Amazon aware of the reviewers who are nasty just because they can be? How will those bits of data affect sales? What about those readers that "rate" books by their interest in reading them even before they're released, or read? At times like this, I instinctually look at the possible negatives.
I'm not sure I've even formulated a full opinion on the issue yet, but I know people say not to tickle the dragon...
Ideas? Opinions? Good move/bad move? Don your armor raise your lance and charge??