Goodreads Choice Awards 2014: last chance to vote

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014: last chance to vote

There have already been over three million votes cast for the Goodreads Choice Awards books of 2014.

You can continue to vote through November 24th, by going here:

Even though Amazon bought Goodreads, the books which are finalists don’t match up well with Amazon’s bestsellers or highest rated, which suggest that the opinions are still pretty independent.

One of the key things is that Amazon tends to have a much higher presence of books published by Amazon.

I don’t think it’s because Amazon customers particularly want to buy books published by Amazon…honestly, I would guess that most of the time, people don’t know. I’ve found that very few people (especially when we include casual readers) care about who the publisher is. I’m basing this in part on my experience as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager.

Yes, some people care about some publishers: Penguin Classics; Harlequin; and Black Lizard, for example, are all publishers/imprints with a strong market identity.

Generally, though, I don’t think the average person cares if a book was published by Hachette or HarperCollins…or Amazon.

I think the difference is promotion.

When Amazon offers four books each month for free to Prime members as part of

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

those books shoot to the top of the bestseller lists…and that, I believe, influences their sales over time.

There are ten finalists in each of these twenty categories:

  • Fiction
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Historical Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Nonfiction
  • Memoir & Autobiography
  • History & Biography
  • Business Books
  • Food & Cookbooks
  • Graphic Novels & Comics
  • Poetry
  • Debut Good Reads Author
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Middle Grade & Children’s
  • Picture Books

Looking at the finalists in science fiction, I don’t think any of them are traditionally published by Amazon.

Take a look at the lists, and if you want, cast your votes. I think we may revisit this after the winners are announced…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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