Good Reads

January 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm 2 comments

I have used since August 2008 to keep track of the books I have read, to socially network with other literary-minded readers, and to get recommendations for books I have not yet discovered. It has also been a fantastic way to catalogue my current book collection, and share my reviews with others.

From the site’s About page:

what is goodreads?
Goodreads is the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 2,900,000 members who have added more than 78,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in December 2006.

our mission
Goodreads’ mission is to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.

why we do it
Let’s make reading fun again. Somehow, reading books seems to have gotten a bad rap. People are working too hard and not making time to read, people are watching TV because they can veg out and turn their brains off—hey, we feel it too! But every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this “great new book I’m reading.” And suddenly you’re excited to read it. It’s that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.

how we do it
Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

Interested parties can check out my Goodreads profile to browse my online bookshelves and recommendations I’ve made. And then, if it looks like something you’d like to participate in, Goodreads has made it very easy to sign up for an account yourself.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chong Chee Yuan  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I feel that the website is very good as the books are free and we can access it whenever we want. I feel that this will be very convinent and I can find the kind of books I want very easily and that I would not have to go to the library to borrow the books to read.

    Chong Chee Yuan

    • 2. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  April 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

      Actually, that’s not quite what Goodreads is all about, Chee Yuan. It’s not a repository for eBooks, but merely a cataloguing site that also includes book reviews and social networking.

      However, you can read the reviews on Goodreads for certain books, and then decide if you want to check them out from the library.


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