Posted by Libby on December 19, 2014
Android lovers, we’re making your life more beautiful! The Goodreads Android app now features a sleek, redesigned updates feed to help you discover great books and follow what your friends are reading.
The team also released a number of behind-the-scenes fixes and smaller updates in the lead-up to this update. For example, you were able to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards on your Android app for the first time this year – and you definitely made your voices heard! Check out all of the Goodreads Choice Award winners in the app.
Download the updated app from the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store, and tell us what you think!
Posted by Eric Franklin on December 15, 2014
Are you one of the 55 percent of ebook readers who read on their tablets? Or have you joined the 32 percent of ebook readers who read on their cell phones? If so, we have exciting news: The latest update of the free Kindle iOS app includes some of your favorite Goodreads features! Currently available in the U.S. only, this update marks the first time you can access Goodreads inside the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad. And if you are new to reading books on the Kindle iOS app, you’ll find a special Goodreads-powered "Welcome" experience in the app.
Want to share progress updates about the latest Kindle book you’re reading? Now you can do it right on the page you’re reading, without leaving the book.
Is there a line or passage that you want to remember and share with your Goodreads friends? You can highlight it and share it right on the page as you’re reading!
You’ve finished a book! Want to record or share your thoughts? With the updated iOS app you have the option of rating and reviewing your book on both Goodreads and Amazon once you reach the final page.
How to Get Started
To get started, download the new update and open your Kindle app. Next, click on the Settings button in the bottom right-hand corner and select Social Networking. Connect to your Goodreads account and start reading and sharing!
For New Kindle iOS App Users
Are you a brand-new Kindle customer? If you haven’t downloaded a book and haven’t connected the app to Goodreads, the Kindle app includes a new Goodreads-powered "Welcome" experience. By selecting favorite genres, rating books you've read, and choosing books you want to read, you will get personalized book sample suggestions to download and read for free.
The Goodreads features in the new Kindle iOS app are currently available for U.S. members only. We don’t have any updates to share right now on when this will be available for our members in other countries or on the Kindle Android app, but we promise to share more news once we have it. Thanks for your patience on this front!
You can download the new Kindle for iOS app to your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes App Store. Let us know what you think!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on December 02, 2014
The readers have spoken—with a record 3.3 million votes cast in the 6th annual Goodreads Choice Awards! From the moment Opening Round nominations were announced in November, it's been a nail-biting time for the authors and their fans. Now, finally, here are the winners that you have crowned the best books of the year! Congratulations to our winners! These awards reflect what people are actually reading and loving throughout the year—it is an enormous honor to win the votes of true book lovers.
Fan favorite Rainbow Rowell won Best Fiction in a landslide with Landline, her bestselling novel about a troubled marriage. Runners-up include Big Little Lies and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. In Best Historical Fiction, the critically acclaimed World War II epic All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr won the top honor over offerings from heavyweights like Ken Follett and Philippa Gregory.
Best Nonfiction was a much tighter race, with Marina Keegan's The Opposite of Loneliness edging out Randall Munroe's What If? by just 137 votes. Keegan, who died at age 22 in 2012, is one of two posthumous winners, both young writers who have touched countless readers with their words. The late Esther Earl has won Best Memoir & Autobiography for This Star Won't Go Out. Before her death at age 16 in 2010, Earl was the inspiration for John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, a 2012 Choice Award winner.
Best Fiction winner Rainbow Rowell shares her thanks!
In Best Mystery & Thriller, Stephen King and Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) were neck and neck, but in the end King's Mr. Mercedes took the crown by a margin of 419 votes. Readers also rewarded long-time bestsellers in Best Romance and Best Horror, where Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novel Written in My Own Heart's Blood and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles novel Prince Lestat won the top spots.
If you're feeling interplanetary, we have two Choice winners set on Mars! Andy Weir's gritty and realistic story of a stranded astronaut, The Martian is the runaway winner in Best Science Fiction, and Pierce Brown's dystopian adventure Red Rising is the year's favorite in the Debut Goodreads Author category.
Thumbs up from Best Science Fiction winner Andy Weir.
Best Debut Goodreads Author Pierce Brown created his own slang for the dialogue in his novel.
The winners of our Young Adult and Children's categories have proven to delight readers of all ages. We Were Liars, one of our "it" books of 2014, wins in Best Young Adult Fiction, and City of Heavenly Fire wins in Best Young Adult Fantasy. Perennial favorites Rick Riordan and Mo Willems both dominated in their genres, Best Middle Grade & Children's and Best Picture Books. In fact, Riordan was the top vote-getter across all categories!
Best Young Adult Fiction winner E. Lockhart puts her heart on her hands, just like her characters.
Another big vote-getter was Deborah Harkness's The Book of Life in Best Fantasy, winning the category over runner-up Brandon Sanderson by more than 20,000 votes. In a surprise win, write-in nominee Ina Garten surged from behind to clinch the title in Best Food & Cookbooks for her latest collection of recipes, Make It Ahead. And never count out scrappy Amy Poehler, whose witty memoir Yes Please beat out Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Dunham in Best Humor>.
Best Fantasy winner Deborah Harkness, who just might have magical powers.
How many of the year's best books have you read? You can check out the full vote breakdown for the top 400 nominees across 20 categories, and start building an award-winning to-read list!
Posted by Suzanne on November 20, 2014
Ever read a book and been left with a burning question? "So, what really happened to the diamond?" Or have you wanted some advice from readers before starting a book? "Is this suitable for a teenager?" We've now introduced our Reader Q&A feature to the Goodreads app for Fire Tablets to help you ask and answer questions along with your fellow readers!
Reader Q&A is just one of many new features in the latest Goodreads update now available on Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9, as well as the Fire HDX.
Want to share which book you're currently reading? Easy peasy—click on the About the Book link and you'll find the option there.
Can't believe what just happened in chapter 5 and need to share it with your friends on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter? Now you can share a comment and where you are in the book, from inside the book! No more switching over to our app to update your progress on Goodreads.
Other features include:
- See updates from your Goodreads friends about what they are reading,
- Share highlights/quotes (and add notes to these) as you read,
- Keep track of the books you read and want to read,
- Read reviews from your friends and from the Goodreads community,
- Rate and review books, and
- Import books purchased on Amazon to your Goodreads shelves to ensure you have a complete catalog of your reading.
Goodreads is available on the new Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9 tablets in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
We don't have details to share about introducing Goodreads for Fire tablets to other countries at this time, but our goal is to provide the Goodreads on Kindle experience to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are Goodreads on our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.
Posted by Elizabeth on November 19, 2014
What do men and women want when it comes to books? Are they reading their own gender? And what do they think of books written by the opposite sex?
This year the #readwomen movement inspired us to take a closer look at where readers fall along gender lines. There's a lot of well-documented press about the fact that women's books tend to have "girly" covers instead of gender-neutral ones, and the VIDA count shows us that traditional book reviewers are predominantly male and books being reviewed in "top tier" publications are mostly by men.
Together with the stats team, engineers, and designers, we looked at a sample size of 40,000 active members on the site, 20,000 men and 20,000 women, to determine what they were reading and what they were liking.
So, enjoy this infographic! Let the debate begin. And as the year draws to a close, what's your 2014 reading list breakdown look like? Mostly men? Mostly women? About even? Take a look. You may be surprised.
Coming soon: For our next infographic, we'll take a genre-specific look at reading books—along gender lines. First up, literary fiction!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on November 17, 2014
Announcing Your Finalists! »
It's time for the Final Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards! Readers cast more than 2.1 million votes for their favorite books in the Opening and Semifinal Rounds, and now we've narrowed the field to just 10 finalists in each of 20 categories. See what books made the cut—and it's your third and final chance to place your vote for the best books of the year!
Congrats to the Goodreads Choice Finalists, who range from decorated authors like Margaret Atwood and Michael Lewis to first-time novelists like Jessie Burton and Pierce Brown. In Best Fiction, Rainbow Rowell and David Mitchell are duking it out alongside other much-beloved writers. The eclectic group of books in Best History & Biography includes profiles of Michael Jordan, Sally Ride, Joss Whedon, and ancient Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. In Best Science Fiction, Hugh Howey and John Scalzi are joined by several write-in nominees, including Jamie McGuire and Edan Lepucki. Best Young Adult Fiction is filled with fan favorites such as Jennifer L. Armentrout, E. Lockhart, and Stephanie Perkins. And don't forget to measure your funny bone by voting in Best Humor, a category packed with star power including Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, and Neil Patrick Harris. View all the finalists and vote!
The Final Round polls close November 24, and winners will be announced December 2. Don't miss this last chance to vote for the best books of 2014!
Posted by Suzanne on November 14, 2014
After we launched Goodreads on Kindle e-readers, one of the requests we heard most from readers was, “When will we be able to share progress updates?” Starting today, the answer is now! This is just one of the many features now available on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite, in the United States, Canada and Australia.
For all of you clamoring for the ability to add a book to your Goodreads shelves, we haven’t forgotten you either. Just go to your Kindle device library and tap and hold on any book to shelve it on Goodreads.
Being able to see what your friends think of a book – and which of your friends are reading a book - is one of the most popular features on Goodreads. Now you can not only see your friends’ reviews but also their ratings, shelves and progress updates on any book on Goodreads on your Kindle e-reader.
The updated version of Goodreads is available in a free, over-the-air software update delivered automatically on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage, and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, and Australia in the coming weeks. Can’t wait? You can also visit www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates to download it.
We don’t have details to share about other Kindle e-readers or introducing Goodreads on Kindle to members of other countries at this time, but our goal is to provide the Goodreads on Kindle experience to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are Goodreads on our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on November 10, 2014
Semifinal Round Now Open for Voting! »
From Anna Quindlen and Veronica Roth to Arianna Huffington and Jason Segel! These authors and many more have advanced to the Semifinal Round—thanks to your support. More than 1 million votes were cast in the Opening Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards for almost 14,000 different books! We've now added the top five write-ins in each category as official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominated books in each of 20 categories. Congratulations to all of our nominees!
The competition in Best Fiction has only gotten stiffer, with Ian McEwan and Rene Denfeld joining the ranks. Two debut authors, Mary Kubica and Laura McHugh, garnered enough write-ins to join the battle in Best Mystery & Thriller alongside heavy hitters like Lee Child and David Baldacci. Another newcomer, Erika Johansen, has earned her stripes in Best Fantasy, where she faces established bestsellers Robin Hobb and Anne Bishop. OKCupid founder Christian Rudder and essayist Leslie Jamison are among the new nominees in Best Nonfiction. And fan favorites such as Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater have rounded out the roster in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. View all the Semifinalists »
Don't wait to vote, because your favorites need your help to make it into the Finals. The Semifinal Round closes November 15, and then only 10 books in each category will advance to the Final Round, which launches November 17!
Posted by Patrick Brown on November 06, 2014
One of the most common questions authors get from their readers is, "What inspired you to write your book?"
But what if the author isn't just a writer, but a Grammy award-winning R&B singer-songwriter?
Or a performer who delivered one of the most-watched TED talks this year?
What if the author is the 43rd President of the United States?
Over the next few weeks, we're looking forward to seeing what you'll ask the likes of Alicia Keys, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, George W. Bush, who are all taking questions on Goodreads as part of Ask the Author!
Readers, get ready for in-depth answers that tell you more about their personal lives and their work as writers, as well as, of course, what inspired them to write their books!
We've seen some amazing exchanges since we launched the Ask the Author program, and continue to explore and share the many answers that are now on the site. Check out Maggie Stiefvater discussing how to juggle her art and being a parent, Khaled Hosseini on writing as an expat, and what Richelle Mead likes to do for fun.
There are thousands of authors taking questions on Goodreads right now. So jump on in! You can ask authors a question directly from their profile page, and you will receive an email and a notification on Goodreads if your question is answered. Be sure to follow the authors to see all their answers! To see who else is answering questions this month, check out our list of featured authors answering questions.
So, what will you ask your favorite author?
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on November 03, 2014
Vote now in the Opening Round! »
All year you've been devouring books and rating them on Goodreads. Some of your favorite authors have released new blockbusters. Some quiet debuts have become smash hits. And now it's all reflected in the nominations for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards—the only major book awards decided by readers!
How did we arrive at the 15 different nominees in 20 categories ranging from Fiction to Fantasy to Food & Cookbooks to Young Adult Fiction? Lots and lots of numbers! Instead of relying on experts or judges, we analyzed statistics from the 275 million books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads in 2014.
We're so excited to congratulate all of the nominees! There are some epic match-ups in this year's list. In Best Memoir, the riveting true stories range from Esther Earl, the inspiration for teen bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, to North Korean defector Jang Jin-Sung. Mystery & Thriller has heavy hitters, with Stephen King going against "Robert Galbraith" (a.k.a J.K. Rowling). In History & Biography, it's basketball god Michael Jordan versus an unlikely opponent, President Calvin Coolidge. Best Fiction, one of our most-watched categories, is anyone's game, with debut authors like Nadia Hashimi and Mira Jacob ready to take on established masters like Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, and Margaret Atwood. And double props to our double nominees, who include Roxane Gay, Gene Luen Yang, and B.J. Novak!
Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2014, no nominee list could cover everything. 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 8. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 10 - 15) and Finals (November 17 - 24).Vote for the best books of 2014! »