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Live Video Chat with Markus Zusak, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 05, 2013

Join us today for a live video chat with bestselling author Markus Zusak. We'll be discussing his breakout international hit The Book Thief, one of the most beloved books of the last decade. We'll also be discussing the film version of the novel, in theaters now.

To watch the chat or ask a question, click here.
Here Are Your Nominees—2013 Goodreads Choice Awards
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on November 04, 2013

Vote now in the Opening Round! »

Other book awards rely on curated committees and arbiters of culture, but at Goodreads we want to know what you think. It's our favorite time of year again: Today we launch the 5th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where the winners are determined entirely by your votes! With 20 categories ranging from Best Humor to Best Fantasy to Best Poetry, there's something for everyone. Pick your favorites in the Opening Round, and then come back to support your books that make it through to the Semifinal and Final rounds as the month progresses.

A hearty congratulations to our impressive collection of nominees! We have some interesting match-ups to keep an eye on this year. A "who's who" of literature—including Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb—is duking it out in Best Fiction. Dan Brown's professorial sleuth Robert Langdon has some real competition in Best Mystery from J.K. Rowling's gruff P.I. Cormoran Strike. Can grande dame Maya Angelou hold her own against 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai in Best Memoir? And place your bets for the father vs. son face-off happening in Best Horror, where the mighty Stephen King must stand up against his talented offspring, Joe Hill. Your favorite authors need your votes before the polls close November 25.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There's no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so 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 9. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 11 - 16) and Finals (November 18 - 25).

Don't wait! Vote for the best books of 2013! »
Two Months Left to Complete Your Reading Challenge!
Posted by Suzanne on October 30, 2013

We don’t mean to spook you, but we’re about to enter the final two months of 2013! How’s your Goodreads Reading Challenge going?

Congratulations to the more than 3,400 Goodreads members who have already completed their Goodreads Reading Challenge this year! (We’re so envious.)

But, if you’re feeling more challenged than usual, take heart. You are not alone!

Whatever your status with your own personal Reading Challenge, stick by our favorite piece of advice: Keep Calm and Carry On Reading!
The Goodreads Mobile Site Gets a Facelift—Grab Your Smartphones!
Posted by Otis Chandler on October 21, 2013

More and more, mornings look like this: The alarm rings, you sit up, sleepily grasp for your smartphone, and scroll through your news and updates. According to industry analysts, by 2015 more people will access the web via mobile devices than desktops. And of course, Goodreads is no different. In September, traffic to our mobile web site was up 150 percent from last year, with most of that coming from smartphone users. Now we’re rolling out a beta mobile version of that we think makes navigation on a smartphone easier and more intuitive! When you visit on your smartphone’s web browser, you’ll see the new mobile site as soon as you sign in. (On tablets, you will continue to see the familiar desktop version for now.)

To give you a feel for the new look of the mobile web site, check out these fun screenshots:

Some of the improvements to look forward to include:
  • More organized and easier-to-browse view of your books
  • Simple view of your friends’ updates and what they are reading
  • A cleaner and more useful presentation of book information

This is a beta version and we’re working on adding more mobile-optimized pages in the future, so please stay tuned.

Just to recap, all you have to do to see the new beta site is visit on your smartphone. Enjoy!

Live Video Chat with Malcolm Gladwell, Today at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on October 21, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. We'll be discussing his new book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

This chat has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 22 at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT. Sorry for the inconvenience.

To watch an archived recording of the chat, click here.
Goodreads Is Coming to the New Kindle Fires
Posted by Otis Chandler on September 24, 2013

When we announced that Goodreads will be coming to the new Kindle Paperwhite a couple of weeks ago, many of you wanted to know if Goodreads integration would be coming to Kindle Fire. We’re happy to share today that the answer is yes, Goodreads will soon be integrated with the new Kindle Fire devices!

With the new Goodreads integration on the new Kindle Fires unveiled by Amazon today, you will be able to:
  • see what your Goodreads friends are reading
  • share highlights and notes as you read
  • track the books you read and want to read and build your shelves
  • read reviews from your friends and from the Goodreads community
  • rate and review books
  • import Amazon-purchased books to your Goodreads shelves.

The Goodreads integration will be coming to the new Kindle Fire devices in the US by an over-the-air (i.e. automatic) Fire OS update in mid-November.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what Goodreads will look like on the new Kindle Fire devices:

Live Video Chat with Michael Chabon, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on September 18, 2013

Join us today for a live video chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. We'll be discussing his new book, Telegraph Avenue, now out in paperback. This chat will last half an hour, and if you can't make it, don't sweat it, we will record the chat.

To watch the chat or join the discussion, click here.
Live Video Chat with Anne Rice, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on September 09, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with international bestselling author Anne Rice. We'll be talking about her latest book, The Wolves of Midwinter, as well as her previous books, and her life as a novelist. Don't miss this chance to ask a question of one of the truly iconic writers working today!

To ask a question or watch the chat, click here!
Goodreads on Kindle - It's Coming
Posted by Otis Chandler on September 03, 2013

You asked and it's coming! Amazon has just unveiled its new Kindle Paperwhite, and you can see images of the new Goodreads on Kindle here. You can check out more in this media story.

With Goodreads on Kindle, you'll be able to
  • see what your Goodreads friend are reading,
  • share highlights to Goodreads from inside the book
  • rate books
  • see your want-to-read, currently-reading, and read shelves
  • add your Amazon book purchases to your Goodreads shelves, all without putting down your Kindle.

Integrating Goodreads and Kindle has been one of the most popular requests from our members... we're happy to be able to tell you that Goodreads on Kindle will be coming in an over-the-air (i.e. automatic) update to the new Kindle Paperwhites in a few months.

Of course, Goodreads will continue to be the home for all readers, whether you read print books, read on an ereader or tablet, or listen to audiobooks. We're working on new features and improvements to the Goodreads experience on our website and mobile apps.

Stay tuned for more details!

update: Responding to some of the questions in the comments: Goodreads will be coming soon to the new Kindle Paperwhites in the US and Canada. We don't have any more announcements at this time. But we are working hard to make a great experience for as many members as possible.
Live Video Chat with Jamie Ford, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on August 26, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live chat with bestselling author Jamie Ford. Ford's debut novel, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a word-of-mouth smash hit that has resonated with many Goodreads members. He returns this fall with his new book Songs of Willow Frost. Don't miss your chance to ask him a question!

To watch the chat or ask a question, click here!