Launched in December 2006, Goodreads is a social network for book lovers, and has become immensely popular over the past year. Goodreads 3.2 million members have added more than 84,000,000 books to their shelves. Goodreads includes recommendations, and lets you keep track of books you’ve read, and books you want to read.
Goodread’s mission “is to get people excited about reading. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.”
I’ve been a Goodreads member since January. At the time, I was looking for a place to keep track of my books, as part of my goal to read more in 2010. As a new owner of a Sony Touch ebook reader, I found the Goodreads site had a large number of ebook editions for titles that I could add to my virtual bookshelf.
Numerous authors have Facebook-eque fan pages on Goodreads, and you can follow them as you would on other social networks. If you are interested in a particular genre, you can join Goodreads Groups. Setting your location to Canada in your profile also filters Canadian groups on your group page.
Members who have 50+ books on their shelves can apply for Goodreads Librarian status. Goodreads librarians have the ability to edit book and author data, add book covers, and combine different editions of books. Restricting membership to librarian status helps to keep the Goodreads’ catalogue tidy. Get the low-down on being a Goodreads Librarian here.
Goodreads also has Facebook and Twitter integration, that allows you to share your updates with friends on those social networks. The Goodreads iPhone app also synchs up with my online account, so I can access it on the go. If you’re a blogger, you can also add a widget or Goodreads shelf badge to your site, to show off what you are reading.
Has Goodreads contributed to my goal to read more in 2010? Absolutely!