This NYTimes article explores word of mouth networking for book lovers and its impact on the business of bookselling. Many of you are already familiar with Goodreads. The website’s success is attributed to readers’ ability to access honest reviews, untarnished by the ulterior motive of companies trying to sell books. As the article states, “Goodreads and smaller similar sites are addressing what publishers call the “discoverability” problem: How do you guide consumers to books they might want to read?”
Another aspect of this discussion is that several years ago Amazon bought all of Shelfari and part of LibraryThing– how has that affected the independence of the sites? (See this old post by LibraryThing’s president for one rather heated opinion on Amazon’s initial incursion into this arena.)
Here’s another list of award winning reads…but you can help choose the finalists yourself! GoodReads is a free online community of readers, where you can create and share lists, join discussion groups, get reviews and chat with authors. We have an Evanston Good Reads page, and a separate page for our African American Literature Discussion group.
This year’s GoodReads Choice Awards are currently open for voting. You can vote for your favorites in fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, history, memoir, YA and children’s books, and for the overall Favorite Book of 2011.
Even if you don’t vote, this site is a great way to discover terrific new books you might not have seen!
I’ve flirted with Library Thing, and the I’m Reading app on Facebook, but when it all comes down to it; no one wants to have to deal with another online resource. Why would I want to remember one more user name, or have to deal with another password? For a long time, I felt this way about Goodreads. I knew I was supposed to use it—I mean, I was a librarian for Pete’s sake! Yet, I resisted. I think the magic moment happened when I was trying to figure out what to read next, and I discovered their lists. You know that feeling of floating through a bookstore, browsing section by section with a latte in your hand, just excited to find that next big read that will keep you up all night? Continue reading “To Goodread or Not”