Making Reading More Social

goodreadsI logged onto Twitter recently and I saw Goodreads trending.

I clicked on the hashtag and I saw an article that said, “Amazon has acquired Goodreads.”

Goodreads is a social networking site for people who love reading.

They can share book recommendations, rate books that were read in the past and browse through books you might want to read in the future. This site is even good for people who just want to track the books they have read in the past and the books they are currently reading.

I love reading and I am always looking for new books to read. One thing I love about the site is the Goodreads yearly reading challenge.

Members of the site can set a goal of a number of books they plan on reading for the year and if the goal was met by the end of the year, they receive a badge for their Goodreads profile.

Facebook, Twitter and Google can all be linked to your Goodreads account. I joined the site during the Summer of 2011 and I have loved being on the network since I started using it.

The social networking site now has over 16 million members.

I have seen a few tweets and comments about the news and there are mixed feelings.

People seem to like that Goodreads was a neutral place and you were able to see links to different eReader locations.

I also saw that Goodreads was trending on Google+. There were a lot of different reactions to the news on that site also. I

saw Goodreads comment on the acquisition by Amazon and they seem very happy about the news.

(courtesy of Amazon)

(courtesy of Amazon)

I saw a couple of quotes about the acquisition in an article written by Jay Greene on cnet.com.

Amazon Vice President of Kindle Content Russ Grandinetti says, “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft.”

I think it is true, that Goodreads has helped authors gain more fans and more people are able to check out new books and see what others are saying about the books.

Goodreads has a section on the website, where they recommend books based on the books on the currently reading, read and want to read book list.

I guess we will see how Amazon and Goodreads will make reading more social. I only hope the social networking site continues to get better, because it is a great site where I am able to find out about a lot of great books and authors.

Meagan Dillard
Vice President of Communications
EMU PRSSA
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One response to “Making Reading More Social

  1. This is a good site to know! SM is growing so much, the different forms, even for bookworms.

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