Posted by Patrick Brown on May 09, 2012
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!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on May 01, 2012
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:
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!
Posted by Patrick Brown on April 26, 2012
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.
Posted by Patrick Brown on April 24, 2012
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!
Posted by Patrick Brown on April 12, 2012
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!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on April 12, 2012
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?
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on April 01, 2012
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.
- 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.
- 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 »
Posted by Patrick Brown on March 21, 2012
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.
Posted by Patrick Brown on March 16, 2012
Join us today at 5pm ET/2pm PT for a live video chat with Andre Dubus III. We'll be discussing his memoir Townie, newly available in paperback. In Townie, Dubus explores the role violence played in his formative years. This is a rare chance to chat with a master storyteller and learn more about his work and his life as a writer. Don't miss it!
Posted by Patrick Brown on March 06, 2012
Join us today at 2 pm ET/11 am PT for a live video chat with author Lisa Kleypas. We will be discussing her new book Rainshadow Road, as well as her previous work, and her life as a writer.
To watch the chat or join the discussion, click here!