Posted by Suzanne on November 20, 2014
Ever read a book and been left with a burning question? "So, what really happened to the diamond?" Or have you wanted some advice from readers before starting a book? "Is this suitable for a teenager?" We've now introduced our Reader Q&A feature to the Goodreads app for Fire Tablets to help you ask and answer questions along with your fellow readers!
Reader Q&A is just one of many new features in the latest Goodreads update now available on Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9, as well as the Fire HDX.
Want to share which book you're currently reading? Easy peasy—click on the About the Book link and you'll find the option there.
Can't believe what just happened in chapter 5 and need to share it with your friends on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter? Now you can share a comment and where you are in the book, from inside the book! No more switching over to our app to update your progress on Goodreads.
Other features include:
- See updates from your Goodreads friends about what they are reading,
- Share highlights/quotes (and add notes to these) as you read,
- Keep track of the books you read and want to read,
- Read reviews from your friends and from the Goodreads community,
- Rate and review books, and
- Import books purchased on Amazon to your Goodreads shelves to ensure you have a complete catalog of your reading.
Goodreads is available on the new Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9 tablets in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
We don't have details to share about introducing Goodreads for Fire tablets to other countries at this time, but our goal is to provide the Goodreads on Kindle experience to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are Goodreads on our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.
Posted by Elizabeth on November 19, 2014
What do men and women want when it comes to books? Are they reading their own gender? And what do they think of books written by the opposite sex?
This year the #readwomen movement inspired us to take a closer look at where readers fall along gender lines. There's a lot of well-documented press about the fact that women's books tend to have "girly" covers instead of gender-neutral ones, and the VIDA count shows us that traditional book reviewers are predominantly male and books being reviewed in "top tier" publications are mostly by men.
Together with the stats team, engineers, and designers, we looked at a sample size of 40,000 active members on the site, 20,000 men and 20,000 women, to determine what they were reading and what they were liking.
So, enjoy this infographic! Let the debate begin. And as the year draws to a close, what's your 2014 reading list breakdown look like? Mostly men? Mostly women? About even? Take a look. You may be surprised.
Coming soon: For our next infographic, we'll take a genre-specific look at reading books—along gender lines. First up, literary fiction!
Posted by Jessica on November 17, 2014
Announcing Your Finalists! »
It's time for the Final Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards! Readers cast more than 2.1 million votes for their favorite books in the Opening and Semifinal Rounds, and now we've narrowed the field to just 10 finalists in each of 20 categories. See what books made the cut—and it's your third and final chance to place your vote for the best books of the year!
Congrats to the Goodreads Choice Finalists, who range from decorated authors like Margaret Atwood and Michael Lewis to first-time novelists like Jessie Burton and Pierce Brown. In Best Fiction, Rainbow Rowell and David Mitchell are duking it out alongside other much-beloved writers. The eclectic group of books in Best History & Biography includes profiles of Michael Jordan, Sally Ride, Joss Whedon, and ancient Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. In Best Science Fiction, Hugh Howey and John Scalzi are joined by several write-in nominees, including Jamie McGuire and Edan Lepucki. Best Young Adult Fiction is filled with fan favorites such as Jennifer L. Armentrout, E. Lockhart, and Stephanie Perkins. And don't forget to measure your funny bone by voting in Best Humor, a category packed with star power including Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, and Neil Patrick Harris. View all the finalists and vote!
The Final Round polls close November 24, and winners will be announced December 2. Don't miss this last chance to vote for the best books of 2014!
Posted by Suzanne on November 14, 2014
After we launched Goodreads on Kindle e-readers, one of the requests we heard most from readers was, “When will we be able to share progress updates?” Starting today, the answer is now! This is just one of the many features now available on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite, in the United States, Canada and Australia.
For all of you clamoring for the ability to add a book to your Goodreads shelves, we haven’t forgotten you either. Just go to your Kindle device library and tap and hold on any book to shelve it on Goodreads.
Being able to see what your friends think of a book – and which of your friends are reading a book - is one of the most popular features on Goodreads. Now you can not only see your friends’ reviews but also their ratings, shelves and progress updates on any book on Goodreads on your Kindle e-reader.
The updated version of Goodreads is available in a free, over-the-air software update delivered automatically on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage, and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, and Australia in the coming weeks. Can’t wait? You can also visit www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates to download it.
We don’t have details to share about other Kindle e-readers or introducing Goodreads on Kindle to members of other countries at this time, but our goal is to provide the Goodreads on Kindle experience to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are Goodreads on our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.
Posted by Jessica on November 10, 2014
Semifinal Round Now Open for Voting! »
From Anna Quindlen and Veronica Roth to Arianna Huffington and Jason Segel! These authors and many more have advanced to the Semifinal Round—thanks to your support. More than 1 million votes were cast in the Opening Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards for almost 14,000 different books! We've now added the top five write-ins in each category as official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominated books in each of 20 categories. Congratulations to all of our nominees!
The competition in Best Fiction has only gotten stiffer, with Ian McEwan and Rene Denfeld joining the ranks. Two debut authors, Mary Kubica and Laura McHugh, garnered enough write-ins to join the battle in Best Mystery & Thriller alongside heavy hitters like Lee Child and David Baldacci. Another newcomer, Erika Johansen, has earned her stripes in Best Fantasy, where she faces established bestsellers Robin Hobb and Anne Bishop. OKCupid founder Christian Rudder and essayist Leslie Jamison are among the new nominees in Best Nonfiction. And fan favorites such as Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater have rounded out the roster in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. View all the Semifinalists »
Don't wait to vote, because your favorites need your help to make it into the Finals. The Semifinal Round closes November 15, and then only 10 books in each category will advance to the Final Round, which launches November 17!
Posted by Patrick on November 06, 2014
One of the most common questions authors get from their readers is, "What inspired you to write your book?"
But what if the author isn't just a writer, but a Grammy award-winning R&B singer-songwriter?
Or a performer who delivered one of the most-watched TED talks this year?
What if the author is the 43rd President of the United States?
Over the next few weeks, we're looking forward to seeing what you'll ask the likes of Alicia Keys, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, George W. Bush, who are all taking questions on Goodreads as part of Ask the Author!
Readers, get ready for in-depth answers that tell you more about their personal lives and their work as writers, as well as, of course, what inspired them to write their books!
We've seen some amazing exchanges since we launched the Ask the Author program, and continue to explore and share the many answers that are now on the site. Check out Maggie Stiefvater discussing how to juggle her art and being a parent, Khaled Hosseini on writing as an expat, and what Richelle Mead likes to do for fun.
There are thousands of authors taking questions on Goodreads right now. So jump on in! You can ask authors a question directly from their profile page, and you will receive an email and a notification on Goodreads if your question is answered. Be sure to follow the authors to see all their answers! To see who else is answering questions this month, check out our list of featured authors answering questions.
So, what will you ask your favorite author?
Posted by Jessica on November 03, 2014
Vote now in the Opening Round! »
All year you've been devouring books and rating them on Goodreads. Some of your favorite authors have released new blockbusters. Some quiet debuts have become smash hits. And now it's all reflected in the nominations for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards—the only major book awards decided by readers!
How did we arrive at the 15 different nominees in 20 categories ranging from Fiction to Fantasy to Food & Cookbooks to Young Adult Fiction? Lots and lots of numbers! Instead of relying on experts or judges, we analyzed statistics from the 275 million books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2014.
We're so excited to congratulate all of the nominees! There are some epic match-ups in this year's list. In Best Memoir, the riveting true stories range from Esther Earl, the inspiration for teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, to North Korean defector Jang Jin-Sung. Mystery & Thriller has heavy hitters, with Stephen King going against "Robert Galbraith" (a.k.a J.K. Rowling). In History & Biography, it's basketball god Michael Jordan versus an unlikely opponent, President Calvin Coolidge. Best Fiction, one of our most-watched categories, is anyone's game, with debut authors like Nadia Hashimi and Mira Jacob ready to take on established masters like Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, and Margaret Atwood. And double props to our double nominees, who include Roxane Gay, Gene Luen Yang, and B.J. Novak!
Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2014, no nominee list could cover everything. We also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want!
You have three chances to vote. The Opening Round lasts until November 8. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 10 - 15) and Finals (November 17 - 24).Vote for the best books of 2014! »
Posted by Suzanne on October 30, 2014
In 2013, it was arguably The Goldfinch.
In 2012? Gone Girl, for sure.
"It" books. They're the ones that we pass along, that we hope our friends have read so that we can discuss and debate. Love them or hate them, we can't stop talking about them!
So we had to find out: What is this year's "It" book?
The best part of being book nerds here at Goodreads is that we have the data to answer these sorts of questions!
We set a few limitations:
- To account for the fact that interest statistically skews high in the first couple of months after publication, we only looked at books published between January and August.
- To ensure that we identified the books with the most sustained buzz, we looked at the average number of searches per month.
- To ensure that we weren't just seeing books that were benefiting from being part of a popular series, we only looked at standalone titles.
From there, we looked at the most-searched books on Goodreads and, after much number crunching, here's the top "It" book candidate for 2014 … so far!
We Were Liars by 2008 National Book Award finalist, E. Lockhart, reminds us a little of Gone Girl (the "It" book for 2012). With an unreliable narrator and a story full of secrets, it's a book that you can only discuss with people who have already read it! Goodreads member, Giselle, describes it as "an incredible, heartbreaking read that really messes with your mind until the very end."
Of course, the year is not yet over and there are several other contenders for the crown!
Fresh off her success with Best Young Adult Fiction in last year's Goodreads Choice Awards, Rainbow Rowell switched to a more adult theme for Landline – a story about a marriage in trouble. Goodreads member, Ariel, says "This was a really different read, and I realized when finishing it that a big part of that is because it is NOT Young Adult. The cover looks it, Rainbow Rowell writes young adult, but this is adult and it shows. It's darker, it's more realistic, and it's less idealistic. And that's not bad at all, but it's sadder. The book started off harsher and the pay off wasn't as extravagant. All of that in mind, this book was wonderful."
According to Anthony Doerr, the title of his book, All the Light We Cannot See, "is a metaphorical suggestion that there are countless invisible stories still buried in World War II." Shortlisted for the 2014 National Book Awards, it follows the lives of a young, blind French girl and a young German soldier. Goodreads member, LeeAnne, says, "This book has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I've ever read. It is brimming with rich details that fill all five senses simultaneously. It is full of beautiful metaphors that paint gorgeous images. I didn't want this book to end, but I couldn't put it down."
Continuing with the theme of lies that runs through several of the other contenders this year, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty somehow manages to make you laugh out loud while dealing with some very serious issues. Goodreads member, Nancy, says "Liane Moriarty has done it again – written a book that kept me up way too late because I couldn't put it down. She has a knack for creating characters who are so believable they could easily be someone you know. Big Little Lies is a story of parents acting badly. It is also a smart and witty story about the real lives of children, teens, friends, husbands, wives, second wives, and exes. … Along the way you discover some of the dangerous little lies that people tell just to be able to face the day."
And, finally, a shout out goes to a book that came out in January but just keeps on going strong in searches on Goodreads:
Being selected as an Oprah's Book Club pick clearly gave The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd a major push early on, but this book has continued to stay in our top searches month after month thanks to a high average rating of 4.23 stars. In some ways, this has the makings of another The Help, which stayed on the bestseller lists for years. Goodreads member, Britany, says "I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way it did. It was unexpected, fresh, and interesting. I literally read this book in two sittings and wasn't ready for it to end when it did."
Any other contenders? We're so glad you asked. Out of the books published in September, these four are off to an amazing start in searches on Goodreads:
Looking for more ideas? We'll get an even clearer answer about the best books of 2014 with this year's Goodreads Choice Awards. Voting opens on Monday, November 3rd and we're looking forward to seeing which books you loved the most this year!
Which book is the "It" book of 2014 for you and your friends?
Posted by Libby on September 24, 2014
This is a major update to our Goodreads iPhone and iPad app’s design and navigation. The apps are now iOS 8-ready, and feature a beautifully redesigned newsfeed and streamlined navigation to help you discover great books and share your reading with friends.
Download the updated app from the iTunes App Store to check out all the new features, and tell us what you think!
For our Android-loving members, we promise that we have not forgotten you! The team is working on an update. We know it’s been a long wait, so thank you for your patience. It’s coming!
Posted by Suzanne on August 25, 2014
Don’t judge a book by its cover…judge it by what’s inside with our new Preview feature, which launches today! With Preview, you can sample the story before committing to the whole book. Now our U.S. members can get a taste of their next amazing read right on the Goodreads website.
Preview is easy to use. You’ll find the "Open Preview" button on the book page of any of the millions of titles that have a Kindle edition.
Click on the “Open Preview” button and a sample of the book will open up inside Goodreads, using the Kindle Cloud Reader. If you like what you see, you can add the title to your Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. If you’re ready to buy, there’s a link to purchase it on Amazon, or you can use the links on the book page to other online retailers.
Preview is only available on the Goodreads.com website for members in the U.S. (You will need to be using Goodreads on your computer/laptop. It is not yet accessible in other countries, via mobile web, or our apps.)
Want to check out our new Preview feature? Read samples of our Best Books of August, a list of the best books of the month that Goodreads members are reading and loving.