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Goodreads is a social cataloging website and app that was founded in 2006. It allows users to browse its database which includes books, comic books, and quotes, among others.
What are the key features of Goodreads?
- 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).
- 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
Is it free?
You can download and use the Goodreads app for free.
Is it safe?
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.