Searching for Your Next Book? The Updated Goodreads iOS App Has Fresh Ways to Help

Posted by Jamay Lau on March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018--Love finding out about the latest new releases? Want to know what fellow Goodreads book lovers are reading this week? Just tap on Search in the brand new update of the Goodreads iOS app to see book recommendations, trending books in the Goodreads community, and new releases hot off the presses. It’s all designed to help you browse books and enjoy serendipitously coming across your next read.

Hot Books, Author Interviews, and More

At the top of the new Search page, you’ll see the latest articles from the editorial blog. Discover which new releases have rave reviews from Goodreads members, view recommendations from popular authors and notable readers, and find the most anticipated books of the season.

Tap on the Search tab to see the latest featured post.


See Trending and New Books in the Goodreads Community

Want to see what other people are reading and talking about? Scroll down the Search page to see the books that are most read this week by other Goodreads members, as well as new releases this month and year.

Pro Tip: Swipe right on a book directly from a list to add it to your Want to Read shelf!

Tap "See All" to view each list. Swipe right on a book to add it to your Want to Read shelf.


Ready to Try It Out?

If you’re already using the Goodreads iOS app, the latest update is available now. Or you can download it here:


On an Android Device?

The team is hard at work on the next update to the Goodreads Android app and these features—and more—will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can browse featured, trending, and new books using goodreads.com in your mobile browser.


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message 1: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa this looks very good but I can't wait to also have android's goodreads app updated!


message 2: by Angela M (new)

Angela M I’d love the ability to add book links and reply to specific posts. Are these being considered for a future update to the apps?

This update is nice but does little to improve the functionality of the apps.
Thanks


Agnes (BookBubbe) Like this....waiting for the android version


message 4: by Francesco (new)

Francesco Is it possible to set the want-to-read shelf to another exclusive shelf?
I use the to-read shelf for listing books I have and I want to read, and the wishlist shelf for those I want to read but don't own, so this setting would be useless to me.


message 5: by Sean (new)

Sean Vanessa wrote: "this looks very good but I can't wait to also have android's goodreads app updated!"

Same! This looks so much better than the current app (which I'm not a huge fan of).


message 6: by Sean (new)

Sean Francesco wrote: "Is it possible to set the want-to-read shelf to another exclusive shelf?
I use the to-read shelf for listing books I have and I want to read, and the wishlist shelf for those I want to read but don..."


You can make as many custom shelves as you want.


message 7: by MischaS_ (new)

MischaS_ That looks awesome! Cannot wait for the Android one!


message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Kelsey For the love of all that is holy, please fix the terrible Android app. The iOS app is nearly perfect, and the Android app is basically unusable.


message 9: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott I'll never understand why every business kowtows to Apple, with their 20-30% market share, and takes on Android only later, despite their 70-80% market share. Why not make the bigger market happy first?


message 10: by Ana (new)

Ana Vizentim Waiting for the android version!!!!! The current one is terrible!!! ;(


message 11: by shannon✨ (new)

shannon✨ Kevin wrote: "For the love of all that is holy, please fix the terrible Android app. The iOS app is nearly perfect, and the Android app is basically unusable."

Literally this...


message 12: by Isabel (new)

Isabel Still waiting for that Android update...


message 13: by Satyajeet (new)

Satyajeet About time!


message 14: by Jaclyn, Goodreads employee (last edited Mar 20, 2018 08:21AM) (new)

Jaclyn Woods Thanks for all the comments regarding our Android app – we're hard at work on improving this so stay tuned!

Angela M wrote: "I’d love the ability to add book links and reply to specific posts. Are these being considered for a future update to the apps?

We're aware that some of our users would like to see these capabilities added – we'll be sure to add your name to that list.

Francesco wrote: "Is it possible to set the want-to-read shelf to another exclusive shelf?"

I can definitely see how useful that option could be! I'll let the team know that you've put this suggestion forward.


❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️ Francesco wrote: "Is it possible to set the want-to-read shelf to another exclusive shelf?
I use the to-read shelf for listing books I have and I want to read, and the wishlist shelf for those I want to read but don..."


You can make a custom shelf, then set it to exclusive, and that means that they will only be in one of the upper shelves (such as the to-be-read, currently-reading, read, etc. shelves). You can make as many of those as you'd like.


message 16: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Fischer Jaclyn wrote: "Thanks for all the comments regarding our Android app – we're hard at work on improving this so stay tuned!

Angela M wrote: "I’d love the ability to add book links and reply to specific posts. Are..."


Half stars??


message 17: by Atif (new)

Atif Hussain waiting for android version


message 18: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse The app is looking (and, more importantly, working) great. I do wish there was the ability to adjust font size from within the app, I've got font cranked large in general settings, but with every update, it gets smaller in the GR app.

Any thought to eventually using 3D touch so that pressing on a book will pop up the synopsis as we browse lists?


message 19: by Irena (new)

Irena Android users are waiting for user-friendly app for so long - it's due time!


message 20: by Topher (new)

Topher Colin was going to jump up and down about an android version... but i see my work has been done for me, thanks everyone. so now i wait... not-so-patiently... also, half stars for reviews, on all platforms - that's some serious functionality i want.


message 21: by Ashley (new)

Ashley V I wish you would spend some time on the Android app. It's pretty lacking :( Feels like us Android users are always getting left behind.


message 22: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Kelsey The iOS app is perfect. Goodreads have made massive leaps in functionality in that app over the years. Functionality that is desperately needed in the android app:

- Being able to view all editions of a book
- Searching just items on your own shelves
- Speed, it is so unbelievably slow compared to the iOS app.
- Improve cover/barcode scanning

Really if there is a way to just make the Android app exactly like the iOS app, that would be perfect.


I switched to an Android device last year and am totally appalled at how terrible the GR app is. I even tried the Beta app for a while, and it's just awful. Not an improvement at all.


message 23: by William (last edited Mar 20, 2018 11:43AM) (new)

William Can you copy text and links in the app yet?

Until you can copy text and links, I will stick with browser-GR.


Danielle (Danniegurl) Angela M wrote: "I’d love the ability to add book links and reply to specific posts. Are these being considered for a future update to the apps?

This update is nice but does little to improve the functionality of..."


THIS!


♥☆SℓιM☆♥ Andriod needs a better update. It needs to be just like the iPhone update


message 26: by Simone (last edited Mar 20, 2018 02:00PM) (new)

Simone Tobin wrote: "I'll never understand why every business kowtows to Apple, with their 20-30% market share, and takes on Android only later, despite their 70-80% market share. Why not make the bigger market happy first?"

It is much more complicated to deploy a quality Android app for the simple reason that there are infinitely more models to test and develop for. Whereas, Apple has a relative handful.
The OS versions are another factor. Android updates are locked down by carriers and OEMs, and so it tends to lag behind adoption rate with new versions.
So Android developers have to accommodate for way more hardware specifications and different (old and new) versions.

I completely feel your pain. I was in the Windows Phone group that never got a Goodreads app.


message 27: by Reforming (new)

Reforming Irritating that it is not available on Android.


message 28: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones Seriously, I don't need a new way to search. I can find books to read quite easily.

I want to be able to: use the add book/author widget on the app, see spoilers on the app, reply to comments on the app, like comments, easily delete books from my shelves (I admit this is easier on the app than browser), easily remove duplicates on the app, easily add/remove/edit my shelves on the app, easily access and use polls on the app ...


message 29: by Sera ~ Catty Reader (last edited Mar 20, 2018 05:35PM) (new)

Sera ~ Catty Reader It's kind of rude to do a big home page notification about yet another 'fantastic' update to your Apple app. While us Android folks have had to make do for years now with a much crappier version, that can't do basic things, while constantly hearing (for years!) that there is an update coming 'soon'.
I've grown so accustomed to using the website on my phone that you've made it highly unlikely that I'll return to the app version if there will be a new version.

Cassandra wrote: "half stars?"

It has already been mentioned quite a few times that half stars are likely not going to happen.


message 30: by Monica (new)

Monica T. Rodriguez I'd like to add a request to simply see all my shelves on the Android app. It only shows the first 25 or 50, which isn't helpful at all. Then again, improving the Android app overall is way overdue, so I'll take any improvements.


message 31: by Nina (last edited Mar 20, 2018 06:46PM) (new)

Nina Still dreaming about the android update ^^


message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I love to use my Groodread's app, but at the same time I wish there was a way for me to actually look at giveaways without going through emails. If there is a way, then wonderful, if not could I request for that feature to be considered.


message 33: by Anita (new)

Anita Elder I hope you update the android version...current version sucks! There are so many online options that aren't available on the app.


message 34: by Anita (last edited Mar 20, 2018 10:38PM) (new)

Anita Elder "On average, Android users spend $11.54 per transaction. iPhone users, on the other hand, spend a whopping $32.94 per transaction. That means iPhone users will spend almost three times as much as Android users when visiting an e-commerce site."
I'd like to see the data behind that statistic! Also, maybe if the android apps were as good or better than the Apple apps, we'd spend more, too.


message 35: by Ania (new)

Ania I am still waiting for Goodreads to show what genre we read most often on the basis of read books :)


message 36: by Boutaleb (new)

Boutaleb Sad! What about the android users! :(


message 37: by Francesco (new)

Francesco ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️ wrote: "Francesco wrote: "Is it possible to set the want-to-read shelf to another exclusive shelf?
I use the to-read shelf for listing books I have and I want to read, and the wishlist shelf for those I wa..."


Yes, I know.
I was asking about being able to set my own new exclusive shelf as the default "Want to read" shelf for this feature.


message 38: by Nurlan (new)

Nurlan Imangaliyev I've been waiting for Android app update for years, now it hurts to see that I have to wait a little more.


message 39: by Chelle (new)

Chelle It looks sleek and I like some of the new features. But I really liked being able to look through random lists in the old 'explore'. Now I can only see featured lists. Or I guess, just list browsing in general in the app would be nice.


message 40: by Johnny (new)

Johnny Smoked This really looks cool. I like the new interface and design. Using the site has become much more convenient, its lists look at times more pleasant. Not for nothing is the majority of users now using a mobile phone to search for information on the Internet. I'm pleased to see that one of my favorite sites that has been on my bookmarks for a long time keeps up with the trends and makes pleasant updates for its users.
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message 41: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri @Chris - Android users can't very well spend more money on in-app purchases when the app in question is so bad that nobody uses it in the first place.


message 42: by Marina (new)

Marina Why always the android users have to wait? If you upload a new version do it for both systems.


message 43: by Tom (new)

Tom Polkamp Cool! Now just waiting for the android version!

I find it strange that they don't come with an android version first. Considering that ± 86% of mobile operating systems usage worldwide are android based.

No hard feelings for Goodreads, I love u guys!


message 44: by pamsreading (new)

pamsreading [waiting patiently for android]


message 45: by Avitus (new)

Avitus Improve the Android app please..


message 46: by Melyssa (new)

Melyssa Awesome! Thanks for this new update!


message 47: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Why is it not possible to purchase a book via Goodreads on my IOS new App?


message 48: by Courtney (new)

Courtney I'd love to be able to indicate on the app whether I own a book or not when marking it read/writing a review. Please add this ability to the app!


message 49: by Aicha (new)

Aicha Kevin wrote: "The iOS app is perfect. Goodreads have made massive leaps in functionality in that app over the years. Functionality that is desperately needed in the android app:

- Being able to view all edition..."


I agree.
Another feature that is needed is the ability to brows the whole series & seeing the numbering of each book within that series


message 50: by Starra (new)

Starra Mary Jean The android app SUCKS. I have it on my Samsung tablet and it is honestly the worst... definitely in need of a major update! I use my iPhone for Goodreads for now, but I'd like to be able to use it on the device I read my ebooks.


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