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Live Video Chat with Elle & Blair Fowler, Today at 7pm ET/4pm PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on September 20, 2012

Join us today at 7pm ET/4pm PT for a live video chat with YouTube sensations Elle & Blair Fowler! We'll be discussing their new novel Beneath the Glitter. It's the tale of two sisters and their dream of making it big in Hollywood. This is your chance to ask these rapidly rising stars a question. The chat will last about a half an hour, and if you miss it, don't worry, we will record it.

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Live Video Chat with Salman Rushdie, Today at 12pm ET/9 am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on September 18, 2012

Join us tomorrow at 12pm ET/9am PT for a live video chat with Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize-winning and best-selling author of Midnight's Children, Fury, and The Satanic Verses. We'll be discussing his incredibly topical new memoir Joseph Anton, about the years of his life spent under the shadow of a fatwa resulting from the publication of The Satanic Verses. This chat will last approximately half an hour, and if you miss it, don't worry, we'll record it for you.

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Live Video Chat with Philippa Gregory, Today at 1pm ET/10am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on August 29, 2012

Join us today at 1pm ET/10am PT for a live video chat with Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and dozens of other books. We'll be discussing Gregory's new novel, The Kingmaker's Daughter. This chat will last approximately half an hour, and if you miss it, don't worry, we'll record it for you.

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Live Video Chat with Amor Towles, Today at 5pm ET/2pm PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on August 28, 2012

Join us today at 5pm ET/2pm PT for a live video chat with Amor Towles, author of the bestselling debut novel Rules of Civility. With a wit and charm that seem almost from a bygone era, Towles masterfully tells the story of 1930s New York.

This chat will last approximately half an hour, and if you miss it, don't worry, we'll record it for you.

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The Future of the Book: A SXSW Panel
Posted by Otis Chandler on August 27, 2012

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These are wild times for the book. Not since Gutenberg printed his first Bible has the concept of a book undergone such a radical transformation. With the rise of e-books and the proliferation of tablets, smartphones and e-readers, anyone can carry an entire library in their backpack or purse. At the same time, the shift to a digital library has also obliterated the old barriers to publication. As author Clay Shirky recently said ". . . the word "publishing" means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That's not a job anymore. That's a button."

The results of this revolution are just now becoming evident. The entire concept of the book—from how it's produced to how it's marketed, purchased, read, and discussed—is suddenly in flux. As we rethink what the book means and what it could be, several questions continually arise. Is reading a "social" activity? Or is it necessarily something done alone? What would a social reading experience look like? Is it more than just your average book club meeting? How are publishing companies and authors using data analysis to improve how they sell books? And as we increasingly do our computing on the go, how will mobile change the way we read?

These are the issues we're planning to tackle in our proposed South by Southwest (SXSW) panel The Future of the Book. Social Media expert and president of Human Business Works (and bestselling author of Trust Agents) Chris Brogan will host a discussion with me, Otis Chandler, Goodreads founder and CEO, and Tim Sanders, co-founder of a new company that I think is very cool: Netminds, which aims to reimagine how books are produced.

Sanders has a compelling vision for where the book is headed:

In the future, all of us will likely work on a book in some capacity, likely motivated by the books we read and the authors we engage with.
I'll share data that suggests that some of the best publishing talent in the world isn't yet working in the publishing industry. This is the bridge between Net Minds and Goodreads. Book fans are often literary talents, just waiting to work on their their own books. Fifty Shades Of Grey stands as an example of this in action.

I'll share case studies of digital publishing innovations including fan-sourced content, crowd-editing and books as living documents. Each one suggests that the publishing process is no longer linear, like a supply chain, but instead interdependent, like an eco-system.
I'll talk about how anyone with a platform and a point of view can produce the most valuable media commodity of our time—books.


Chris Brogan, who will be leading the discussion, sums up the scope of the talk nicely: "Where are books heading? Ask readers and some will argue for paper while others welcome our digital future. But that's only one angle. Books as apps. Books as places. Location based books. We have a lot to cover."

If you are interested in learning a little more about our panel, check out this short presentation we made:



A few weeks ago in anticipation of this panel, we thought it would be fun to take Brogan's idea and put the question to you, our members. We tweeted "Will reading become more of a social experience?" and asked our Facebook fans what they thought the future of the book looked like. Here were a few of the responses:








Kat reminds us that there are a multitude of ways to define "social."


Several people mentioned being able to find likeminded readers, like those found in the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout and the Sword and Laser Groups.







Help us take this discussion to the next level at SXSW by voting for our panel. If you've already voted, "Thank you!" It would also really help if you tell your friends about it on Twitter and Facebook. There's a ton of competition for panels at SXSW so...if like us, you believe that books deserve some of the spotlight, we'd really appreciate your support. And be sure to share more of your thoughts or questions about this topic below. All these opinions will help shape our conversation at SXSW.

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Ten Million Thank Yous!
Posted by Otis Chandler on August 13, 2012

I've got exciting news to announce today: Goodreads now has 10 million members! To put this in perspective, it took four and a half years to reach 5 million members and only another 15 months to double that number. Today, six books are added on Goodreads per second.

We've come a long way since Elizabeth and I built Goodreads from our living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books—and that we could build it.

When we first launched in January of 2007 we waited until we hit what then seemed like a magical number of 100,000 members before we hired our first employee and secured angel funding. Since then, the vibrant Goodreads community and company has continued to blossom. We now have a team of 30, we've just moved into bigger, fancier offices in San Francisco, and we've launched an array of new products, including our super-awesome and successful Recommendations Engine.

What have you been up to, you 10 million Goodreaders?

Well, you've shelved more than 360 million books!



You've also been chatting about books. There are more than 20,000 book clubs on the site—from virtual groups to small, in-person book clubs. Here are the five largest:



And here are the top 10 all-time most-reviewed books on Goodreads:



On a personal note, I'd like to thank each and every one of our members for being part of our success. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us on Goodreads: sharing your love of reading, discovering new ideas, and telling your friends about your experience. We love your passion, your smart, thoughtful, and creative reviews, and your belief that reading books makes the world a better place.

Thank you also for all the feedback, ideas, and suggestions. We evaluate each and every one. Our To Do list is impressively long and the team is working insanely hard, but there are lots more good things to come!

With thanks from all the Goodreads team,





Live Video Chat with Erin Morgenstern, Today at 5pm ET/2pm PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on July 30, 2012

Join us today at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT for a live video chat with Erin Morgenstern, author of the runaway bestseller The Night Circus. We'll be chatting for approximately half an hour, and if you can't make it, don't worry, we will record it! Don't miss your chance to ask this acclaimed author a question!

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Live Video Chat with Jeaniene Frost, Today at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT!
Posted by Patrick Brown on July 16, 2012

Join us on today at 5pm ET/2pm PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Jeaniene Frost. We'll be discussing her newest book, Once Burned, the first in her latest series Night Prince. Don't miss your chance to ask this bestselling author a question!

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Top-Rated Summer Reads
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on July 11, 2012

Need a last-minute vacation read? Whether you're looking for a juicy romance, a twisty mystery, or a prose-perfect literary novel, chances are you want a sure thing. To help you with your decision, we tried something new by looking at the top-rated and most-shared books on our Goodreads App for Facebook, which is no small data set—readers are sharing more than 10 million books per month.

What we found covered suspense, historical fiction, investigative journalism, witty memoirs, young adult fantasy, and more. Narrowing things down further, these books all have a higher than 4.0 average rating.

A book's average rating may seem like a sterile, unemotional statistic, but if you look closely, simple math can reveal the beating heart of a book and the passion of its readers. Will a book become a blockbuster best-seller, or will it remain unread on the bottom of a to-read list? Here's a tip. When a book sustains a 4.0 or higher rating after thousands of readers have devoured and reviewed it, you know that you've probably found something special. These 12 books all boast large audiences and good reviews. So grab one and head to the beach!

FICTION

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
This psychological thriller is one of the best-reviewed adult novels being shared on the Goodreads app right now. When Amy disappears on the morning of her anniversary, suspicion is cast on her elusive husband, Nick. Readers must choose sides as they read the couple's conflicting accounts.


Home Front
by Kristin Hannah (Goodreads Author)
Many Goodreads reviewers mention how hard they cried while reading this book—in a good way! The novel tells the emotionally complex story of a Blackhawk helicopter pilot deployed to Iraq, far from her husband and daughters.


Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
by Sylvia Day (Goodreads Author)
This erotic romance about a wealthy man and his young paramour is enjoying mainstream success, piggybacking on the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. Goodreads members are gushing about the book, calling it "addictive" and "intense."


The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani (Goodreads Author)
Trigiani spent more than 25 years writing this romantic saga inspired by how her Italian grandparents met and almost lost each other. One Goodreads reviewer says she "loved every word and wanted more when it ended."


The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey (Goodreads Author)
This historical novel about a married couple on an isolated homestead captures the tenacity of those who settled the Alaskan frontier in the early 20th century. Goodreads members call it "a beautiful journey" with "magical prose."


NONFICTION

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
by Jenny Lawson (Goodreads Author)
Taxidermy enthusiast, irreverent mommy blogger, candid poster child for mental illness—Lawson wears many hats with pride. This top-rated memoir chronicles childhood, marriage, and motherhood in what Goodreads members are calling hysterical and inspirational prose.


Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
by Rachel Maddow
Goodreads members are recommending this work of nonfiction by MSNBC talk show host Maddow that delves into military spending and the history of war policy. Reviews call the book "non-partisan" and sure to "fire up many discussions."


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (Goodreads Author)
Now well known as the current Oprah's Book Club pick, this cathartic memoir has earned raves from Goodreads members since its debut. Wrecked by a divorce and her mother's death, novice backpacker Strayed impulsively hiked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
This debut narrative by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist profiles families living in the slums near the Mumbai airport. One Goodreads member lauds Boo "for her lively, un-maudlin, incisive writing."


YOUNG ADULT FICTION

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
So far the most-read young adult book of 2012, Green's tale of a teen girl with Stage IV thyroid cancer has a sky-high average rating and glowing reviews that emphasize both the "great humor" and "heart-wrenching" parts of the book . Chock-full of chemo, 16-year-old Hazel wonders if her remission will last and who the cute new guy is in her cancer support group.


Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads Author)
This adventure set on a future Earth ravaged by solar flares has risen to the top of the list for many fans of science fiction and dystopian novels for young adults. Goodreads members praise the scope of the world-building and depth of the characters.


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
by Marissa Meyer (Goodreads Author)
The classic character of Cinderella is reimagined as a cyborg with a talent for mechanics in this young adult steampunk romp. Both a handsome prince and a wicked stepmother make appearances in the story that Goodreads reviewers love for its "breakneck pace" and "completely enchanting" premise.



Live Video Chat with Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Today at 5pm ET/2pm PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on June 26, 2012

Join us today at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT for a live video chat with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh. We are discussing her popular debut novel The Language of Flowers, which is now available in paperback. This is bound to be a fascinating discussion with one of the top up-and-coming authors working today. Join us!

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