Posted by Otis on March 17, 2008
Just found a great post where a Goodreads members shares some great tips on how to read more books.
Check it out!
Posted by Otis on March 17, 2008
On Thursday, MySpace finally opened the doors on its application platform, which had been announced back in October. Michael has been diligently putting the final touches on our app all week, and it was finally approved this morning!
The MySpace API is still missing lots of pieces (adding things to the newsfeed, inviting friends, etc), so this is really just a soft-launch, but it will be exciting to see what MySpace users think.
Posted by Otis on March 10, 2008
Goodreads events just got a lot better, as we tripled the size of our events to over 3,500 upcoming events by partnering with BookTour.
BookTour's mission is to "Create the worlds biggest and best listing of author events in the world" - and thats exactly what they've done. Our mission is to help people enjoy reading books, part of which is certainly to help people realize that their favorite authors may be in town!
So with Goodreads' knowledge of which books people like, and BookTour's knowledge of where the authors of those books are, we have a much new and improved events list.
I was at a conference recently and saw a talk by Seth Godin - and I was very entertained. Writing books is a secondary gig for Seth - his full time job is traveling and giving speeches. Some authors (about 1% of them) have no trouble selling books. But today if an author wants their ideas heard, then need to be marketing themselves. Two great ways to do that include listing events on BookTour, and joining the Goodreads Author Program.
See if there are any exciting events hear you!
Posted by Otis on March 10, 2008
We're proud to announce that we recently launched on our top requested features for groups—shelves!
Members have been able to add books to their groups since we launched groups, however the groups shelves lacked the ability to define custom shelves, as member profiles have.
Now groups with large book collections have the same tools as members do on their profiles to categories and view their books! This will be very useful for groups with larger collections, like 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and Building a SciFi/Fantasy Library.
There are already some groups make good use of the feature, like the Cold War History Group and the Tasty Murder Mysteries groups.
Posted by Jessica on March 04, 2008
All of us at Goodreads are always combing the site for good reviews. Sometimes the best reviews are laugh out loud funny, some are controversial, and others contain inspiring displays of literary prowess. We want to give our members a chance to shine, so we're thrilled to launch our monthly book review contest, GoodReviews. This month we have In Defense of Food, The Witch of Portobello, and The Great Gatsby for you to pick apart, praise, and analyze.
This month's winner will be announced in the March newsletter, and new books for the coming month will be listed. Winning reviews will be featured on Goodreads, and each winner will receive an Amazon gift certificate.
This contest is a work in progress, so also tell us what you think. What books would you like to see featured on GoodReviews in coming months, or maybe you'd like to see a different kind of contest? We're taking suggestions for both review contests and creative writing contests. You post, we listen.
Only one week left before this month's deadline, so submit your reviews today by posting on GoodReviews! (Please read the rules posted in the group before you submit).
Posted by Otis on February 27, 2008
If you have a blog or other website that you show off your books on using our flash widget, you may be interested in our latest change. Now you can configure your widget to add an Amazon Affiliate code, so you can make money off of the enormous stream of traffic perusing your blog. In all honesty not even Goodreads makes a lot of money from Amazon Affiliates - but we didn't want to deny our prolific bloggers the opportunity to make a free lunch :)
Posted by Jessica on February 26, 2008
The Hollywood machine is known for sticking to sure bets, at the expense of original material. Sunday's 80th Annual Oscar Awards ceremony was no exception. The list of nominees was brimming with films based on books. Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men owes its gripping story to Cormac McCarthy, although it must be said that the Coen brothers did execute that story brilliantly. Even There Will Be Blood, with true auteur Paul Thomas Anderson at the helm, used Upton Sinclair as a jumping off point. Others in debt to their source material include Atonement, The Golden Compass, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Kite Runner, and Gone, Baby, Gone.
Writers take heart. The nominees for Best Original Screenplay ranged from popular hits like Ratatouille and Juno to quiet, rich indies like Lars and the Real Girl and The Savages. But for each of these, you could find about three other nominated films based on previously published material. To be fair, some of these films justified their existence by truly enriching their written counterparts with visual feasts. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a worthy companion to the book written by Jean-Dominique Bauby (a truly amazing feat of writing while paralyzed).
I confess I don't always stick to my personal rule: "read the book before seeing the movie." But maybe I don't have to worry. Inevitably, these films simply attract more readers! Additionally, I have better hopes for filmmakers creating visual art with help from the imaginations of gifted writers such as Ian McEwan and Khaled Hosseini, than from other tricks up Hollywood's sleeve. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is based on a theme-park ride, Transformers is based on a toy, and (brace yourselves) Monopoly the Movie will be coming soon. The book may always be better (notable exception, The Devil Wears Prada -- thank you, Meryl Streep), but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the movie magic that happens while watching a wonderful adaptation.
Discuss your favorite movies/books on Goodreads here or here, or start your own group!
Posted by Otis on February 20, 2008
We've launched a whole slew of new features around around our events. Previously, only authors in the author program could add events to their profiles, however now events may be attached to any member's profile, any group, or any author profile. The other big change is that now people can note if they are going to attend an event (yes/no/maybe), a-la-evite.
We have over a thousand events listed on Goodreads now, and have high hopes that this will be a useful tool for people to connect in the real world around the literary events they care about!
Oh - and we threw in a little Google Maps integration to make it a little more fun!
Posted by Michael on February 19, 2008
You can now comment on peoples book reviews within the Facebook app. So now if you're confused why one of your friends gave a book a low ranking, ask them! This was already an existing feature on the ordinary goodreads site.
Try it now! Click here and ask goodreads founder Otis Chandler why he gave Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 5 stars. You may be asked to install the Facebook app.
Posted by Otis on February 03, 2008
Goodreads has hired our first full-time engineer - Michael Economy! So far all engineering has been done by myself or by contractors, so we're very excited to have Michael helping crank stuff out!
Before joining, Michael also worked at Tickle, as the lead engineer of various products. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in computer science. His favorite kind of books are hard sci-fi and his hobbies include surfing and mountain biking.