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Independent Book Blogger Awards Winners Revealed!
Posted by Patrick on May 16, 2012 175283



Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers are pleased to announce the winners of the first-ever Independent Book Blogger Awards. Designed to showcase the incredible talent working in the book blogging community today, this year's award winners are standouts in their field.



Goodreads members flooded the polls for this inaugural IBBA, with nearly 10,000 people voting for more than 800 blogs. And the topics the blogs covered were extraordinarily diverse: a recap of World Book Night; a post about favorite literary quotes; a Fify Shades of Grey read-along. After the Goodreads community narrowed the field to fifteen finalists in four categories, a panel of book industry professionals judged each blog for its caliber of writing and design, depth of knowledge, and the quality of the discussion it generates.

The winning blogs exemplify what book blogging is about: building community. Without further ado, here are the 2012 winners of the Independent Book Blogger Awards!



Each of these bloggers will receive a trip to New York City for the upcoming Book Expo America 2012, the premiere conference and trade show for the publishing industry, and the BEA Book Bloggers Conference. Congratulations to the four winners and thanks to everyone who entered or voted in this year's awards!

Finalists in the Independent Book Blogger Awards are:

Adult Fiction: TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog; Parajunkee's View; Vampire Book Club; LITERAL ADDICTION; Paranormal Reads; Fantasy-Faction; trevorkidd.com; AuthorJess; Words With Writers; How Novelistic; Not Another Romance Blog; Books . . . Looks and Takes by Eleanor Anders; The True Book Addict; Jen's Book Thoughts

Adult Non-Fiction: The Girl from the Ghetto; Jeannie Walker - Award Winning True Crime Author; The Parchment Girl; Reading, Writing, Working, Playing; Misfit Salon; At Home With Books; A Novel Affair; Scandalous Women; The Feminist Texican [Reads]; The Dunce Academy; World War ll London Blitz Diaries 1939-1945; The Well-read Naturalist; Janet Boyer Reviews; Notes From The Parsonage

Young Adult & Children's: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer; Once Upon a Twilight; Bookies; Children's Book-A-Day Almanac; The Midnight Garden; KindleObsessed; books4yourkids.com; Tumbling Books; Me, My Shelf and I; Paranormal Book Club; YA Bibliophile; Murphy's Library; Aileen's Thoughts; The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!

Publishing Industry: Author Michael J. Sullivan; Kris Wampler's Blog: A resource for indie writers; Writer. Publicist. Superhero.; EvilReads; Ink Drop Interviews Presents...; Indies Unlimited; The Great Gray Bridge; Vouched Books; Yours in Books; Life as a Publisher; Market My Words; Bookworm; Anne R. Allen's Blog; Leslie Lee Sanders

To view all 804 nominated blogs, please visit the Independent Book Blogger Awards page.


Live Video Chat with Ann Patchett, Today at 5 pm EDT
Posted by Patrick on May 16, 2012 175283

Join us today at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT for a live video chat with bestselling, highly acclaimed author Ann Patchett. We are discussing her fiercely entertaining new novel State of Wonder, now available in paperback, as well as her previous work, her life as a writer, and her new independent bookstore, Parnassus Books.

To watch the chat and join the discussion, click here!
Goodreads Catalogs 300 Millionth Book
Posted by Patrick on May 09, 2012 175283





Goodreads continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. Today, we had our 300 millionth book cataloged! To give this statistic some context: It took the Goodreads community three years to catalog 100 million books (including books marked as read, to-read, or currently reading). Fourteen months later, in late September 2011, we reached 200 million books. Now, just seven months after that, we've hit the 300 million benchmark. Take a look at how the number of books cataloged has skyrocketed.



This milestone is an awesome testament to the voracious reading appetites of our more than 8 million members. Our community has cataloged nine times as many books as the complete Library of Congress! That's nearly one book for every person in the United States. More importantly, those books represent countless hours spent reading—living in other worlds, learning about other people, and just plain having a blast.

Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. If the numbers are any indication, it seems that readers are responding with gusto. So, thank you for making Goodreads a part of your reading life.

And there's more to come. Goodreads members have marked more more than 79 million books as "to read"—including almost 13 million in the 2012 Reading Challenge alone. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): 1 billion books cataloged!


Newly Designed Goodreads Groups
Posted by Jessica on May 01, 2012 603238

Thousands of book groups call Goodreads home. We have fan groups, local book clubs, school classrooms, groups for every literary genre you can imagine! With so many different kinds of groups—from Ladies & Literature to Ancient & Medieval Historical Fiction to Nothing but Reading Challenges—we wanted to give each group a way to shine and the opportunity to carve out a unique niche on Goodreads. So, we've added two major improvements to enhance the group experience.

Now any group can feature videos on its home page. Some groups are already taking advantage of this bonus:

Sci-fi and fantasy gurus Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt are sharing episodes of their book show, The Sword and Laser.
Felicia Day and her friends discuss paranormal romances and other juicy delights in the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout.
The History Book Club is posting scholarly videos on topics related to books on its currently reading shelf.
There are hundreds of ways to augment the Goodreads group experience with a video: Post a book trailer to get your group excited about your next read; share a clip of an author interview to spur discussion for the book you just finished; analyze the page-to-screen transformation when your favorite book is made into a movie. Start adding videos to your group today!



Now you can spruce up your group's homepage with a new design! Choose your own image to complement your group logo and enliven the page. Many groups have already selected some beautiful images. What will you choose?

Which groups have the most striking or most surprising images? Let us know what you think!



Live Video Chat with Anna Quindlen, Today at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Posted by Patrick on April 26, 2012 175283

Join us today at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT for a live video chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Anna Quindlen. We will be discussing her new book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake as well as her previous work, and her life as a writer and public figure. Don't miss your chance to ask this iconic author a question.

To watch the chat or join the discussion, click here!

Live Video Chat with Jane Green, Today at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT
Posted by Patrick on April 24, 2012 175283

Join us today at 5 pm EDT/2 pm PDT for a live video chat with author Jane Green. We will be discussing her new book Another Piece of My Heart, as well as her previous work, and her life as a writer.

To watch the chat or join the discussion, click here!
Site Maintenance and Downtime Tonight, Starting around 6 pm PT
Posted by Patrick on April 12, 2012 175283

We have scheduled significant upgrades to occur between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM PDT, and there will be some outages during this time. Beginning at 5 PM PDT, the site will be down intermittently and could possibly be down for an extended period of time. We're hoping the outage will be less than 30 minutes, but it could be as long as a few hours, depending on how things go.

We will be on hand working to resolve any issues that arise after we re-enable the site, but please be aware that further outages may occur as we release updates to fix unanticipated problems. After the site is back, please let us know if you encounter any problems using the site.

During this process, we will be posting status updates on Twitter and remaining as responsive as possible.

The updates will pave the way for some significant performance improvements which have become a little overdue. So there may be a little rough patch at first, but it should lead to serious improvements in your Goodreads experience. Thanks for your patience!
The Goodreads Choice Awards Ride the Toronto Subway
Posted by Jessica on April 12, 2012 603238


Fifty Shades of Grey poster for the Toronto subway.

Millions of people riding the Toronto subway this month will see something titillating—a mention of the Goodreads Choice Awards on the walls! Okay, okay, it's E.L. James's erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey that will be doing the titillating, but we're excited to see a Goodreads Author and Choice Awards Finalist capitalizing on her nomination.

When we dreamed up the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2009, our goal was to bring greater attention to books championed by readers. In the most organic way, it's readers who discover great books and share them with friends. Fifty Shades of Grey is a textbook example of a book spreading virally through word of mouth simply because people love it. That's how it earned its nomination in the first place.

When nominations were announced in November 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey had a reasonably sized (but not huge) readership of about 1,000 ratings. It hadn't yet found its magic momentum, but these readers fell hard for this book. The steamy story of a sexual affair between a college student and a wealthy businessman boasted a phenomenal average rating: 4.45 out of 5 stars—the highest average rating of any Goodreads Choice nominee in the 2011 Best Romance category. James ended up placing 2nd in the final round, which is a major achievement for a small press author, considering that the 1st place finisher was J.R. Ward, one of the biggest names in romance writing.

From the first day of its Goodreads Choice nomination, Fifty Shades of Grey saw a jump in readers adding it to their to-read shelves, and the growth never stopped. The to-read numbers continued to climb after the awards completed, and James even visited the site to answer fan questions. Then in March, the novel received mainstream media attention on the Today Show and more press followed. News outlets investigated how an X-rated book about sexual submission went viral. Fifty Shades of Grey is now a bestseller with a new book deal and a film adaptation in the works, and many more readers continue to discover the book on Goodreads. Its average rating dropped slightly as its audience expanded, with a current average rating of 4.14, the amorous novel still earns strong reviews.

We think this is yet one more example of how Goodreads Choice is designed for you—the readers! We also hope that authors such as E.L. James will be able to benefit from their nominations and wins as they market and sell their books. As we announced in February, the new paperback edition of Divergent features its Goodreads Choice win for Favorite Book of 2011 on the cover. So, dear all-knowing reader, what's the next big thing in books? Who is out in front for 2012?


Hiring at Goodreads: New Opening for Hyperintelligent Pandimensional Mice
Posted by Jessica on April 01, 2012 603238

Goodreads is hiring for the following positions. Click to read more and apply on our jobs page:

Today, we'd like to spotlight our newest open position:
Hyperintelligent Pandimensional Mice

Goodreads, a US Top 150 site and the 10th largest social networking site in the galaxy, is seeking Hyperintelligent Pandimensional Mice to take charge of the Goodreads Recommendation Engine, the third greatest supercomputer in the Universe of Space and Time designed to answer the Ultimate Question of What People Like to Read Next. Qualified mice should be comfortable analyzing the mind-boggling 20 billion data points of reader likes and dislikes recorded in the Goodreads catalog to calculate the staggering improbability of reader interest in any given book.

Note: We will also consider qualified dolphins for this position.

Required Skills:

  • Proficient with SEP fields, bistromath, and complex functions involving telephone numbers.
  • Knowledge of the Great Hyperlobic Omni-Cognate Neutron Wrangler operating system.
  • Ability to predict personality problems to ten decimal places.
  • Quick learner, must be able to pick up frighteningly elegant new technologies quickly.
  • Experience with protrusion into other reading dimensions a plus.
  • Must carry own towel.

We Prefer Applicants Who:

  • Are not prone to panicking.
  • Come equipped with own Babel fish.
  • If cybernetic, come loaded with pleasant GPP.
  • Know better than to muck about in hyperspace.

About Goodreads:

  • Our environment is highly supportive, friendly, and mostly harmless.
  • We are the galaxy's largest site for readers, froods, and book recommendations.
  • Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the galaxy.
  • Great location: Our office in downtown San Francisco, catty-corner from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, is always stocked with cheese and an infinite supply of ballpoint pens.
  • Our office culture includes a Brockian Ultra Cricket league, frequent trips to Disaster Area concerts, and regular Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster happy hours.

Please submit your résumé. You can also submit the following additional information now, or if you would prefer, later in our interview process: A code sample and a paragraph or two about why you want to work for Goodreads. For a limited time, we are offering state-of-the-art digital watches as a signing bonus. Don't wait, come sass us today!

Update: As of April 2, 2012, the position has been filled. Thank you.
View our current open positions »


The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted by Patrick on March 21, 2012 175283



Dystopian fiction is more popular than it has been in more than 50 years. Whether it's the result of political turmoil, global financial crises, or other anxieties, readers are craving books about ruthless governments and terrifying worlds. The new breed of dystopian novels combines classic dystopian themes of cruel governments and violent, restrictive worlds with a few new twists—badass heroines and romance. To mark the movie release of the most popular of this new wave of books, The Hunger Games, we examined the history of the dystopian genre to see how it has evolved and why it's so popular today.
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