Goodreads is the largest community for literature reviews - share your passion for books with millions of other people and follow your favorite authors.
What is Goodreads? Goodreads is a social cataloging website and app that was found in 2006. It allows users to browse its database that includes books, comic books, as well as quotes, among others. In July 2019, Goodreads stated that it reached 90 million members and is today the largest community for literature reviews. It has its own annual award program called Goodreads Choice Award where users can vote for books nominated by Goodreads but also nominate books themselves. Since 2013, Goodreads’ owner is Amazon.
Some of the main features of Goodreads include:
- Book discovery: users can browse freely the Goodreads database. They can also review and note the books, create personalized to-be-read lists and add new books.
- Community: users can add friends and associate their account to other social networks, such as Facebook and Pinterest. This allows users to import contacts. In addition, Goodreads facilitates the interaction with authors and also provides them the possibility to advertise their books.
- Customize: users can create their own bookshelves and also update their reading progression. They also have the possibility to set reading challenges and track them.
- Additional data: users can subscribe to newsletter and take part in quizzes and Goodreads giveaways. Because it is owned by Amazon, there are special features for users of Kindle Cloud Reader and Audible (such as reading/listening to a preview of a book).
Is It Free?
You can download and use the Goodreads app for free. There is also a version for iPhone.
Because today Goodreads is a property of Amazon, users criticize the community’s monopoly for book reviewing, fearing that it might prevent similar platforms to emerge.
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