Your Goodreads Friends Are Now Just a Tap Away in Kindle for iPhone and iPad (U.S. Members)

Posted by Jasmine on October 23, 2017
"There are no faster or firmer friendships
than those formed between people who love the same books."

Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense


Do you read on your iPhone and iPad using Kindle for iOS? Your Goodreads friends are now just one tap away in the "Community" tab in the all-new Kindle for iOS. Our members tell us they often find out about books through friends and that talking about books with other readers helps them get even more out of what they're reading. It's to create moments like these that we built Goodreads and now, with Kindle for iOS, we're making it even easier to discover and discuss books with your friends and the Goodreads community.

Immersing yourself in an amazing book is at the heart of Kindle for iOS and, with the beautiful new design and navigation, it's easier than ever to catch up with your friends' reading updates and get back to reading. The new app also gives you one-tap access to the features readers use most including your library, search, and browsing books to discover your next read.


See Your Goodreads Friends' Updates in the New "Community" Tab in Kindle for iOS

Tapping the "Community" tab in the new bottom navigation bar takes you to the latest reading updates from all your Goodreads friends.


Your friends' updates also include carousels of more books from their Goodreads shelves. It's another way to help you find great book suggestions through your friends.

Once you've found a new book, add it to your Goodreads Want to Read shelf or check out your Goodreads friends' ratings and reviews to learn more about it. If you like what you see, there's no need to wait—you can instantly download a sample and start reading the book, all inside the Kindle app.

Start a Conversation with Your Kindle Notes and Highlights

Since we launched the ability for Goodreads members to share their Kindle Notes & Highlights, our members have been telling us how much they love it.



Whether you want to console each other over what happened to a character or debate the merits of a new idea, the all-new Kindle for iOS app makes it even easier to share your notes from your book, and to see the notes your friends are sharing. Your friends' Kindle notes and highlights will appear in your updates feed and you can also find their notes and highlights for a specific book in a link in their review on the book page on Goodreads. You can find all of your own Kindle notes and highlights here.


To share your notes and highlights with your Goodreads friends, just go into a book on Kindle for iOS, click on the Notebook icon, and decide which notes and highlights to share.


See what your Goodreads friends found most meaningful, funny, or interesting in a book by seeing their notes and highlights


Access Your Want to Read Shelf Right from Kindle

When you're ready to start your next read, you can now check your Want to Read shelf right from the Kindle app. Tap "More" on the bottom navigation bar to go to your Goodreads profile and see your Currently Reading, Want to Read, and Read shelves.



You Do the Reading, We'll Add It to Your Shelves for You

If you haven't already discovered it, Kindle for iOS also gives you the option to automatically mark each book as "Currently Reading" when you start it and as "Read" when you finish. It's a great way to ensure every book counts towards your Reading Challenge! Just switch it on, and your friends will see updates each time you start and finish reading a book in the Kindle app. Learn more here.

Ready to Try It Out?

If you already have the free Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad, the all-new app will start rolling out as part of an over-the-air update this week. Or you can download it now.

Do You Read Using Kindle for Android?

The Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future. If you read on Fire tablets, you can access your friends updates and more through the "g" on the homepage, if you have connected your Kindle and Goodreads accounts.

Goodreads members who read using Kindle for Android phones and devices can also use Auto-update to more easily share what books they are reading with their friends on Goodreads, and any Kindle notes and highlights you make are now available on Goodreads for you to review and share with your friends.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Too bad this won't work for Kindle itself.


message 2: by Steve (new)

Steve When will the basic Goodreads integration work on the Kindle app for Android out of the US?


message 3: by vaderbird (new)

vaderbird Wish this was integrated with the android and released at the same time.


message 4: by Cortney (new)

Cortney Agreed, why was this only done for Apple? :(


message 5: by Mauro (new)

Mauro Steve wrote: "When will the basic Goodreads integration work on the Kindle app for Android out of the US?"

Yes, please. I don't understand what is restraining you. Why can't we have goodreads integration through Amazon Spain, for example? If it is a matter of language, we don't care about it being in English. If we register in Amazon US with Spanish address we can use it but then we have to buy in dollars. I do not understand the logic after it and I am quite disappointed after two years waiting :(


message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available.


message 7: by Cortney (new)

Cortney Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

They couldn't be released at same time? I'm trying to think of this as apple users are just the guinea pigs and android users may have a more seamless experience, but I know I am just BSing myself.


message 8: by Brad (new)

Brad Why the hell is the Goodreads integration limited to the US only? It's not like Goodreads, the Kindle or iOS is US only, and it's not like Amazon doesn't have the infrastructure to cope with opening the integration up to the rest of the world (AWS anyone?)

This is a ridiculous decision.


message 9: by Hannah (new)

Hannah As someone who used to work with an android-based reading device...things generally are easier to start on Apple because the OS is proprietary--and security is easier to implement. Android must deal with multiple brands, such as Samsung and Windows, and ensure that the experience matches across platforms.

Many companies choose not to delay Apple releases until the rest of Android items are done, and Apple likes to make it pretty easy on app development just in terms of advertising.

Granted, I've been out of that field for a couple years, but that's pretty much what we were told was going on anytime Apple beat us to the punch again. :)


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Hannah wrote: "As someone who used to work with an android-based reading device...things generally are easier to start on Apple because the OS is proprietary--and security is easier to implement. Android must dea..."

Yes it's pretty standard for this with company software - I'm used to it with the music company I use for streaming as well, so it doesn't bother me like it seems to other people because I understand the way it works. Makes sense of the company, and ultimately consumers.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

How about just a plain old Kindle?


message 12: by Craig (last edited Oct 24, 2017 09:28PM) (new)

Craig As others have said, the fact this is limited to the US only is a joke. A crappy, bad joke.

You’ve literally had years to work on this and the GoodReads integration still isn’t available to even other English speaking countries outside the US?

It’s absolutely ridiculous!

Edited to add:
And I don’t want anything fancy with regard to integration. I just want reading progress to sync!


message 13: by Craig (new)

Craig Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

Emily, can we please get an indication of when the iOS app is likely to have Goodreads integration outside of the US?


message 14: by Tobeylynn (new)

Tobeylynn Are there any plans to add this feature to the iBooks app? I don't use Kindle but would love to be able to connect from within iBooks to Goodreads friends.


message 15: by Cai, Goodreads employee (new)

Cai Craig wrote: "Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

Emily, can we please get an indication of when the iOS ap..."


Hi Craig - Goodreads is used around the world. Specifically, starting today, the Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features are available on Kindle for iOS (in the US only), and will be coming to other countries and to Kindle for Android in a future release.


message 16: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Please stop nagging me to "Start a conversation. Post your notes and highlights" after every review I post. After more than a hundred such prompts (NOT an exaggeration) I get it already. Now I ignore all notifications.


message 17: by Craig (new)

Craig Cai wrote: "Craig wrote: "Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

Emily, can we please get an indication of w..."


Thank you for replying but all you’ve done is make some factual statements about the fact Gooreads and Kindle are available worldwide and promised we’ll get worldwide integration “one day”.

What is the hold up? Surely at least other English speaking countries could already use the same integration that the US does!


message 18: by Jaclyn, Goodreads employee (new)

Jaclyn Woods Craig wrote: "Thank you for replying but all you’ve done is make some factual statements about the fact Gooreads and Kindle are available worldwide and promised we’ll get worldwide integration “one day."

Unfortunately it's not possible for us to set a timeframe for the expansion of this feature as there are certain processes that need to be put in place before we’re able to release it in other countries. We're sorry for the wait and will be sure to share updates as we have them.


message 19: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Emily wrote: "These features will be coming to Kindle for Android in the future! We'll be sure to share an update when this is available."

YES Please!
No offense but the Goodreads app that is currently available for Kindle and Android really sux.


message 20: by Pamela (new)

Pamela I love that they have added Goodreads but Kindle's new app still won't let you buy books on an iPhone or ipad.


message 21: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Pamela wrote: "I love that they have added Goodreads but Kindle's new app still won't let you buy books on an iPhone or ipad."
Well Kindle was created to sell books from Amazon, so I don't think that is going to change.


message 22: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Vovers The Goodreads on Kindle App provides a fantastic integration of books and community but for me is virtually unusable. All the standard Kindle features of text and font control are missing and the tiny text is virtually unreadable except in strong daylight.

Developers PLEASE include some display font controls in book summaries and reviews.


message 23: by Jaclyn, Goodreads employee (new)

Jaclyn Woods Anthony wrote: "The Goodreads on Kindle App provides a fantastic integration of books and community but for me is virtually unusable. All the standard Kindle features of text and font control are missing and the t..."

Thanks for the feedback Anthony, we'll make sure it gets to the relevant team!


message 24: by WillowRaven (last edited Sep 25, 2018 06:31PM) (new)

WillowRaven I use the Kindle Android app and - a almost a year after this blog post - despite the fact the app is current, my device is current ( device itself is only a little over a year old ) and my Amazon and GoodReads accounts are linked, there appears to be *no* integration. It is a shame. I enjoyed it, and frequently used it, when i used the app on my ( now dead ) Kindle Fire a couple of years ago. I am requesting - practically begging - that you give the Kindle app for Androíd the same integration as the iOs ... please????? I don't even show the "currently reading" option anymore - the ONLY sign of integration I have ever seen in tbe Android app. Im not even looking at ( book ) buying options. I am more looking for/wanting integration of my Read *and* Want to Read - as well as Currently Reading - integration. I want the review I write at the end of the book in the Kindle app to also post on GR - as it did when i used the app on the Kindle Fire. What was available as options in tbe app on Fire I would love to see in the Android app.

And yes, I have screenshots to show this.
And yes, I am in the United States.


message 25: by Shaun, Goodreads employee (new)

Shaun WillowRaven wrote: "I use the Kindle Android app and - a almost a year after this blog post - despite the fact the app is curr..."

We'd love to expand the Goodreads integration within the Kindle reader for Android app itself — right now, we're just not sure when that would be. However, any updates on this would most likely be posted here in our blog. Your request for this feature has been passed on to our developers to let them know you want this.

Thanks for your post!


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