Tom MacWright writes about the current landscape of reading on the web today:
Books are amazing, but the options we have to buy books and track our reading are terrible. A lot of us are locked into the Amazon ecosystem - buying books on Amazon.com, reading them on Kindles. Sites like AbeBooks and Goodreads were quietly acquired by Amazon. Even LibraryThing is now part-owned by Amazon.
Looks like there’s a lot of exciting
activity in this space though: IndieBound, Bookshop, Book Marks, Italic Type, Open Library. It definitely feels like everyone here is circling around the same ideas and trying to figure out what works best when you combine books with the web.
(Also I highly recommend subscribing to Tom’s blog).
Behold! My newsletter—sent infrequently—about new things that I’m working on. Every so often it’ll contain notes about web design and publishing things that I’m interested in, too.