A social cataloging application from Amazon, Goodreads is set to allow individuals to easily search a huge database of books, reviews, and annotations.
Users can register or sign up to generate library catalogs and reading lists for different books. Moreover, they can create their own groups of surveys, polls, book suggestions, blogs, and discussions.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Goodreads primarily serves as a website, created manually by a software engineer and entrepreneur: Otis Chandler. It was launched back in 2006 and received an upgrade by Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, as well.
By July 2019, the site’s official app on the Google Play Store is reported to have over 10 million downloads that are still booming.
What’s the purpose behind Goodreads?
The website’s stated mission is “to help people discover and share books they love, as well as to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.”
This social interaction platform has been aimed to address what publishers call the ‘discoverability’ problem by directing consumers in the digital age to learn books publications that they might want to read.
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When Goodreads launches its application programming interface?
It was in October 2010 when the company opened its application programming interface, which enabled developers to follow its titles and ratings.
Top 5 Most used features of Goodreads
1- Book Discovery:
On the Goodreads website or application, users can quickly add books to a personal bookshelf, review, and rate books, and see what their friends and authors are reading. They can also participate in discussion groups and brands on a range of topics, and find suggestions for later reading choices based on their evaluations of previously read publications.
2- User Interaction:
The website is an open-source for everyone to enjoy reader interactions with authors of the books. These reader-author interactions take place through interviews, giveaways, profile information, and authors’ blogs. A special section for writers with proposals for sharing their works on Goodreads.com is available, too.
As per 2011, “seventeen thousand authors, including Margaret Atwood and James Patterson” used this website to advertise their work to a more targeted audience.
3- Content Access:
This site/app has been functioned to facilitate users for easy reading or listening to a preview of publication using Kindle Cloud Reader and Audible, respectively. It also provides quizzes, quotations, book lists, and free giveaways.
Members of the website can receive the regular newsletter featuring new publications, suggestions, and poetry. Let’s say, if a user has written a work, it can be related to the author’s profile page, which further includes an author’s blog. There are some offline facilities available, too: including “literary pub crawls” and in-person book exchanges.
4- Reading competition:
When using Goodreads, users can prepare themselves for an annual reading competition, which features a target number of books to be studied in each year. A tracker is set to the users’ homepage, which carries a progress bar given as the percentage of the target.
As of 2018, nearly 4 million users participated in the reading challenge.
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