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Amazon.com buys book website Goodreads to boost Kindle tablet

SAN FRANCISCO -- Amazon.com on Thursday announced that it is buying book lovers social network Goodreads in a move that could give Kindle tablets an edge over rival electronic readers.

Goodreads is the leading website for sharing book recommendations and would complement reader reviews provided at Amazon.com's online shop for digital titles.

“Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books,” said Amazon vice president Russ Grandinetti.

Since launching in early 2007, Goodreads has grown to boast more than 16 million members and 30,000 book clubs.

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