I have to hold my hands up and state that I haven’t sold that many copies of my books via The Book Depository, a UK-based book catalogue acquired by Amazon in 2011 (see the Wikipedia info here) and which sells hard copies of books with free postage worldwide. I have sold a few copies with BD, however, and even acquired a review for Big Brother (from YvetteS, scroll down to check it out).
Imagine my surprise, then, when I came across The Book Depository site tonight and found that my Goodreads reviews have been plonked against my titles on BD, as well as the rating stars from the GR site! The Book Depository company is based in Slough: I thought I saw a lot of traffic on my blog from Slough recently! Coincidence? Dunno. An intent by BD/GR to help me sell more copies? If so, I’ll have some of that! Happy that YvetteS’s review has been wiped off from my Big Brother title? Er. no. That review was left by a BD purchaser and it’s not cool to bin it off; it’s also advertised on my web page and now I look a bit of a knb, don’t I?
So has The Book Depository sold out to Goodreads? Not that I can tell by research, but the GR reviews suddenly appearing on BD seems a bit sneaky; for one thing, BD is British and GR American, so why would BD adopt GR’s reviews? The prices are still in pounds Sterling, but will this benefit readers and authors? Well, if stars and ratings have been earned by GR and an author has amassed enough, then yes definitely, but that’s hard lines on those who have bought direct from BD who want to leave a review; do they have to review on GR first?
If a takeover has occurred, I don’t know of it, but anyone out there who knows different please feel free to put me right. I know the original Amazon takeover went down like a lead balloon, and while I don’t have a lot against Goodreads, save for its bias towards American authors and readers, I just think it’s a shame if they have monopolised The Book Depository, that’s all.