On Thursday afternoon, Goodreads founder
"I think both companies are really passionate about books, and seeing into the future," Chandler, a grandson of the LA Times publisher of the same name, told The Times. Goodreads, which now has 16 million members, was founded by Chandler in 2007. That same year, Amazon launched its Kindle e-reader, propelling e-books to a previously unseen level of popularity and ushering in a new era of change in publishing.
The new partnership may be looking further afield. "We’re now going to be able to move faster in bringing the Goodreads experience to millions of readers around the world," Chandler said in the news release, in which Grandinetti noted, "Amazon has helped expand reading around the world." Amazon is the largest e-book player in the U.S., but faces competition abroad; Canadian e-reader Kobo, which already has some built-in social reading tools, has teamed with major Japanese retailer Rakuten.