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Goodreads Puts the Book into Facebook: Social App Now Available in Facebook’s New App Center
Posted by Otis on June 07, 2012 1

G is for Growth at Goodreads! We’re about to hit nine million members, we’ve blown past 300 million books catalogued and we’re helping readers discover about six million books every month.

We’re also seeing phenomenal growth in the Goodreads App for Facebook which launched in January:

  • The Goodreads App has 1 million Monthly Active Users, up by 490% since the launch.

  • Currently, Goodreads members are sharing around 10 million books per month via the App which are generating around 220 million impressions per month.

Growth in Monthly Active Users for Goodreads App for Facebook

And tonight, we have even more news to celebrate. This evening, Facebook is launching its new App Center to help its 901 million members discover high quality social apps for the web and mobile. Goodreads is one of the apps participating in the launch event, and the new App Center will serve as another way for people to discover our app.

What makes the Goodreads team particularly proud is that the Facebook App Center only lists high quality apps that rate well on key signals such as highest customer ratings and frequency of user shares. The Goodreads App, with an average 4.5 star rating (out of 5) is clearly winning many fans.

For those Facebook users who haven’t tried it out yet, the Goodreads App allows you to showcase the books you’ve read or want to read as well as share reviews, reading progress updates and highlight your most-read authors.

Check out our App Detail Page for more info, to sign up and to rate the App.

Sharing book recommendations with your friends has been at the heart of Goodreads from Day 1. Books fit into your life and people want to share them. Being included in the Facebook App Center means Goodreads will be introduced to more potential fans, which means even more books being shared, discussed and discovered.

Good news for book lovers – and authors - everywhere!

Dad Reads: 2012 Books to Give on Father's Day
Posted by Jessica on June 04, 2012 603238

Has your history-buff father already read his way through the works of Erik Larson, David McCullough, and Laura Hillenbrand? Or maybe he's knee-deep in George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones? Whether your dad is a big reader or not, you might be stumped on what to get him for Father's Day. Luckily, Goodreads is here to help with our newly minted 2012 list of recommended reads for dads. By mining the reading habits and tastes of our 9 million members, we sought out 2012 books that are especially popular among men. And to give you something new to work with, we skipped most best-sellers and found books with smaller, growing reader bases and rave reviews.

Or, try this trick to find a gift tailored to your dad's unique reading preferences: Start a custom shelf, and add the books you know your dad loves. View your recommendations, and look in the right column for "Recommendations by Shelf." The Goodreads Recommendation Engine will suggest more books based on those picks!

Here are 10 books that are currently resonating with the male contingent of Goodreads:

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler

The joint project of a science writer and a philanthropist, this optimistic nonfiction work argues that contrary to typical reports of scarcity and overpopulation, we'll soon be able to meet the needs of every human on the planet thanks to recent innovations in technology. Kojo says, "This book has fundamentally changed my perspective on the potential future of the world...there is hope for our species."

The Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye (Goodreads Author)

In this ripping historical mystery, a rookie cop investigates a series of murders in 1840s New York City as the crowded metropolis chafes at the newly formed police force and starving Irish immigrants arrive in droves. John calls it "a stunning, balls-to-the-wall portrayal of vintage New York City with its fledgling copper stars, tossed into a seething mass of abject poverty, bare-knuckled cronyism, debauchery, racial and religious bigotry, rampant immigration, all wrapped in bene flash palaver."

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
by Jon Gertner

Lasers, cell phones, satellites and much more, Bell Labs churned out cutting-edge inventions for over 50 years and influenced the course of 20th-century tech. Gertner profiles the extraordinary group of geniuses who kept the lab humming. Ian says, "It tied so many things together for me—the rise of the computer, information's a must read for anybody interested in the infrastructure of science."

by Nick Harkaway (Goodreads Author)

When mobster scion-turned-antique clock repairman Joe Spork unwittingly triggers a 1950s doomsday machine, he and his new client, a geriatric secret agent named Edie, are launched into London's underworld—with super-villains, sinister monks, and a blind, glass-eyed pug in this screwball work of noir. Mark calls it "a sprawling, unputdownable adventure riddled with both Bond-like intrigue and wry humor."

Enemies: A History of the FBI
by Tim Weiner (Goodreads Author)

Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist Weiner, who has covered both the Pentagon and the CIA, now cracks the FBI's impregnable world of secret intelligence, taking the reader from the days of J. Edgar Hoover's iron-fist rule to modern-day terrorism. Logman says, "This in-depth history provides the best insight into one of the most mysterious organizations ever created by the government."

A Walk Across the Sun
by Corban Addison (Goodreads Author)

A high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer must descend into Mumbai's criminal underworld when he makes it his mission to save two teen sisters who have been sold into sex slavery. This fictional page-turner offers an eye-opening look at human trafficking. Nate says, "It's the sign of an incredible book that when it finishes, you have that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling of closure, redemption, and beauty."

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt

Different morals, genetic predisposition—what truly separates conservatives from liberals? Or the faithful from non-believers? Social psychologist Haidt synthesizes scientific findings and political philosophy in this examination of human conflict. Dan says, "No matter the reader's persuasion...Haidt will challenge your view and, if he is read carefully and with an open mind, will enable readers of all persuasions to understand that those at the opposite extreme are people of good will."

Running the Rift
by Naomi Benaron (Goodreads Author)

A gifted Tutsi athlete dreams of running track in the Olympics in this riveting novel set during the years leading up to the 1994 genocide of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans. Chris calls it "a spectacular novel," adding, "more than anything else, Benaron's novel is about character. It asks tough questions about morality, courage, honesty, and integrity."

Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain
by A. Lee Martinez

For some pulpy science fiction action, meet Emperor Mollusk, the retired ex-warlord of Earth who just wants to be left alone. But soon he's dodging assassins and locked in a death match with the Sinister Brain, a supervillain hellbent on conquering the universe. Jason says, "Filled with things going boom (a lot) and sword play (lots of stuff gets stabbed), plots with in plots, aliens, wonky time-bending shenanigans and other science fiction goodies. There are talking brains in jars for the love of science!"

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative
by Austin Kleon (Goodreads Author)

For dads looking for inspiration, artist and poet Kleon shares 10 straightforward principles he wishes he'd heard in his younger years. Not just for artists, this manifesto proclaims that creativity is for everyone. Robert says, "Absolutely insightful and revealing and clarifying. Why hasn't someone said this this clearly before?"

Fifty States of Grey [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted by Patrick on May 24, 2012 175283

Fifty Shades of Grey continues to top best-seller lists after almost three months of dominance: The trilogy sold 10 million copies in six weeks, there are long wait-lists at libraries and bookstores, and even Saturday Night Live spoofed the book's popularity in a skit! So, Goodreads took a look at the US stats behind the phenomenon. Where are the "Grey States"?

The country is pretty clearly divided. More readers in the eastern half of the US are devouring the sexual adventures of Christian and Anastasia. The states with the highest readers per capita are located primarily in the Tri-State and New England area: New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York.

If you define "Grey States" by their average rating of the book, the landscape changes. The regions with readers who give Fifty Shades of Grey the highest average ratings are the Southern and Plains states—Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Fifty Shades of Grey has given some readers a new taste for erotica, and we've found a jump in interest in similar books on Goodreads. Just recently, Penguin's Berkley Books imprint snatched up Sylvia Day's self-published novel, Bared to You, which has generated 2,500 reviews in the past two months. Goodreads member Aestas loved it, saying "This book was absolute perfection for me!! It had me swooning, drooling, and panting over Gideon Cross and had me reading for the better part of it with the world's biggest grin on my face."

Other books potentially joining the sultry summer reading list are Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn, Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts, and The Reluctant Dom by Lesli Richardson. These books are a mix of older titles and new releases, but one thing they have in common is that they are all finding new readers thanks to the Fifty Shades craze.

Looking back, one of the first big milestones for Fifty Shades of Grey was being a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards way back in November last year. It will be interesting to see if a new title like Bared to You will be a contender for this year's awards.

What about you? Are you a proud citizen of a "Grey State"? Will you be savoring any other erotica titles this summer? Is it getting hot in here or is it just these books?
Live Video Chat with Seth Grahame-Smith, Today at 7 pm ET
Posted by Patrick on May 23, 2012 175283

Join us today at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT for a live video chat with bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith. We are discussing his latest book Unholy Night, as well as his previous work, his upcoming movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and much more. Don't miss this!

To watch the chat and join the discussion, click here!
Live Video Chat with Meg Cabot, May 17 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT
Posted by Patrick on May 17, 2012 175283

Join us today at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT for a live video chat with bestselling author Meg Cabot. We are discussing her latest book Underworld, the second installment in her popular Abandon trilogy, as well as her previous books, and her life as a writer.

To watch the chat and join the discussion, click here!
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;; 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;; 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!