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The New Compare Prices Page, featuring Google eBooks
Posted by Patrick Brown on December 06, 2010

Just in time for the holiday season, Goodreads is thrilled to announce a feature that will make your online book shopping painless, simple, and fun. The new compare prices page will now show you the prices of books in any format that's available from one of our many affiliates, including our new partnership with Google. Planning on buying Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for your father this holiday season? No problem. Just click "buy a copy," and you can see all your online options in one place. How easy is that?



There's even a new special section for ebook editions, including the newly released and much anticipated Google eBooks edition. Goodreads is proud to be a flagship affiliate of the new Google eBooks program, which allows consumers to access and read their ebooks on most devices with internet access and a web browser, as well as on supported partner devices. We display Google eBooks prices in a special ebook section of our compare prices page, alongside Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle editions. We hope to add more options to both the physical and ebook sections of the compare prices page in the near future.



Goodreads is committed to offering you the greatest number of options possible when you shop for books online. There's even a section listing any available copies for swap!



The new compare prices feature is just one more reason to make Goodreads your first online stop for all things book-related. Happy shopping and happy holidays!
The New Compare Books Page
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 30, 2010

The new compare books feature makes it easier than ever to see how your taste matches up with that of your friends. Did you both love Eat Pray Love? Did you agree on Twilight? And how do your libraries stack up overall?



You can sort by your average rating or look for what obscure books you have in common by sorting for "inverse popularity." To compare your books to your friends, just click the compare books link next to their names.




Have a blast comparing books with your friends! Click here to get started.
Live Video Chat with Matthew Allard -- 11 am Pacific
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 30, 2010

We will be chatting with author Matthew Allard about his collection of stories To Slow Down the Time today at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific. If you are interested in short stories, illustration, new publishing models, or just fiction writing in general, please consider stopping by. The chat will last for about a half hour. Please join us!

To join the chat, click here.
Goodreads Mascot Competition - Poll nearly finished
Posted by Michael Economy on November 22, 2010

Click here to vote

We've got a week left to vote on the Goodreads mascot competition.

I'd like to remind you guys that this is just for fun; we're not going to change our branding or anything.


Since I posted last we've had a lot of disqualifications and one person decided to bow out of the competition (markus). About 1000 people's votes disappeared as a result of that. I'm sorry for not being more thorough and initially checking on copy rights, etc.

The bee has first place pretty locked up, but the competition for second/third is really close!!!


Thanks again to all the people who entered.


http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/40694
-Michael
Add a Goodreads Tab to your Facebook Fan Page
Posted by M a y a on November 19, 2010

Attention Authors and other people with Facebook fan pages!

You can now show off your books and reviews to your Facebook fans by adding a Goodreads tab!

Note that Facebook is no longer allowing tabs to your Facebook profile, so this feature only applies to Facebook fan pages.

1. First, connect your facebook account
2. Navigate to the Goodreads App Page
3. Click "Add to my Page" in the menu on the left below the Goodreads photo and confirm. (NOTE: don't click "Go to App")
5. Click "Setup your Goodreads tab." You're done!

For example, check out the page for Goodreads Author Richard Hine's book Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch:



Introducing the New "My Books" Section
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 15, 2010

One of the biggest reasons that people join Goodreads is to catalog their books. There's a certain satisfaction in seeing a history of what you've read and what you thought of each book, of having that history in one place and having it searchable and sortable. We've always strived to give you the greatest possible control over how you display, sort, and classify your books. Not only can you shelve a book on any number of custom shelves, you can also note who recommended the book to you, whether or not you own a copy, and more.

Now, with the launch of our new "My Books" section, we give you even more control over your library. In addition to an improved look and feel, the new "My Books" includes unparalleled options to customize and personalize your books. Among the many improvements is the option to have your books display in an infinite scroll. Now you can display all of your books in one continuous flow. Of course, if you don't like infinite scroll, you can always turn it off and choose from a number of different pagination options.



A finer sense of control is just a click away with the new shelf settings menu (located just under the header on your "My Books" page). Choose which of the nearly three dozen columns you want to display. You can customize each of your shelves differently, set how many books to display per page, and choose whether you'd like the results to display in ascending or descending order. Once you've got your columns set, you can also easily edit your reviews, shelves, read date, and more, all without leaving your "My Books" page.




And finally, you can make large batch edits with ease. Add a bunch of books to Goodreads swap, or move books from one shelf to another with just a few clicks. This comes in handy, especially when dealing with your to-read list, a sort of "Netflix queue for books." We hope this will make cataloging and sorting your books much, much easier and much more fun. So start adding some books today!

Live with Julie Klam!
Posted by Otis Chandler on November 10, 2010

We are live with Julie Klam, author of You Had Me At Woof.

Click here to listen in!

Update: The live chat is over - but you can watch it here.
Goodreads Mascot Competition VOTING!!!
Posted by Michael Economy on November 03, 2010

The poll for the goodreads mascot competition is now live.


Click here and vote on your favorite.


http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/40694-goodreads-mascot-competition-choose-your-favorite.


I had to disqualify a lot of contestants for not following the rules, but we have some amazing entries and I can't wait to see who wins!!!



Good luck contestants, and remember to invite all your friends to vote!


I've also added two just-for-fun sub contests:

best cat submission:
http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/40703

best dog submission:
http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/40705



The mascot will likely be incorporated into a t-shirt. The mascot will not be used in the header, and there are no planned mascot placements elsewhere on the site.

Swapping Up a Storm
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 02, 2010

What do you do with the books that are currently cluttering your living room? What about that precarious stack by your bed? It's probably a health hazard (What if there's an earthquake?!).

Goodreads Swap offers the solution. Since it first went live about a year ago (October 2009), Goodreads Swap has been very popular. In total, there have been 22,726 successful swaps on Goodreads, and over 30,000 books have been swapped between members. That's a lot of books flying across the country. The number is even more impressive when you consider that so far, Swap is only available in the United States.



The five most swapped titles aren't very surprising:

1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (153 times)
2. Eat Pray Love (129 times)
3. The Time Traveler's Wife (101 times)
4. The Lovely Bones (97 times)
5. Water for Elephants (92 times)

But which specific copies have been swapped the most times? It turns out that two books have been equally as well-traveled: This copy of Grave Secret has been swapped five times, as has this copy of Fantasy Lover.

While it's interesting to look at the popular books, the best part about Swap are the hidden gems, those books you've been searching for but never seem to find in a bookshop. And of course, the best way to make swap better is to list your books. If you've got a favorite book, what better way to spread the word about it than to share it with the world. If you ship enough books, you can earn credits to use to request books.

Why not give it a try?
Sony Reader and Blio now showing Goodreads reviews
Posted by Otis Chandler on October 27, 2010

We are thrilled to announce two big new partnerships: Sony Reader and Blio. Both e-reading devices will be using the Goodreads API to power social reading experiences on their ereading applications.

The Goodreads API gives any partner deep access to the Goodreads community and its unparalleled riches of book reviews, data, and discussion. Partners already using the Goodreads API to syndicate reviews include the upcoming Google Books, Worldcat, Stanza, Better World Books, and Alibris.

Now syndicating Goodreads reviews


The API can be applied in an endless variety of ways. Publishing insider Edelweiss is using it to access to-read counts to gauge buzz for upcoming book releases. Flavors.me displays books on their members' personal homepages with custom widgets. Additionally, several independent developers have built Android apps using the API. We hope more developers will use the API to create inventive, cool, book-related things.

Blio is capitalizing on our social reading experience by offering Goodreads Connect, an OAuth connection that is much like Facebook Connect for books. Blio members can connect to their Goodreads account, and when reading a book or shopping for what to read next, they can see their friends' reviews. Imagine browsing for a book and immediately knowing whether your best friend liked it or not! We are offering this information for free via our API.



We believe in sharing the wealth. Developers using the Goodreads API can pull Goodreads ratings for over 2 million different titles and reviews for over 500,000 titles. Goodreads has more than 4 million members and more than 117 million books cataloged, over 55% of which are in the long tail. To illustrate the sheer number of Goodreads reviews, here is a quick comparison of the popular title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

Goodreads has lots of reviews


Status updates are very popular on Goodreads, and so far only our own iPhone app utilizes the API to add them. These are Goodreads' answer to Twitter's infamous question of "What's Happening?". Instead, we ask "What page are you on?" or "What percent are you at?", if it's an ebook. We are soon going to be making it so any update added from the API is branded for that client. Great opportunity for any ereader to get free viral promotion by letting readers share margin notes or highlights.




Our goal is to inspire reading wherever we can. The API takes the best parts of Goodreads and makes them available on all kinds of applications and sites. This openness is good for readers, good for our partners, and good for Goodreads.