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The Official Goodreads iPhone App!

Posted by Otis Chandler on March 06, 2010
I'm very pleased to be able to officially announce that Goodreads now has an iPhone app, which is available in the Apple app store.

And, very excitingly, Apple was kind enough to notice and feature it, causing it to shoot to the top of the free books category (for the moment anyways)!

We built the app because many of our members have asked for an iPhone app, and because we think it will be very useful for Goodreads members on the go.

Also, mobile statistics on the growth of the iPhone in the US alone show it to be one of the fastest growing adoptions of a new device ever, so we think even more people will be able to take advantage of our app in the years to come.

Here is a full list of features the app offers:

* Browse your shelves! Next time you are in the library or bookstore, your to-read list will be handy.
* Add status updates and reviews of books you are reading.
* See book reviews and updates from your friends, and comment on them.
* Explore your friends shelves
* Explore some of popular book lists
* View literary events near you

I've been using the app for the last month and have to say I think it's pretty slick. There are still a few features I've had to go to our mobile site for (like groups), and we hope to add those in the coming months.

You may notice that on the app some books appear without cover images or descriptions or other pieces of data that appear on the site. This is because, as some of you may remember, Goodreads uses Amazon book meta-data, and Amazon's terms of service doesn't allow iPhone apps. Thus we have built this app with a completely separate source of book meta-data. We are working on filling in these holes, and have already made great progress there.

If you have an iPhone or an iPod touch, please give the app a go - and don't forget to give it an (appropriately) high rating!

If you have any feedback or thoughts on the app, please post them in the comments or in the Feedback Group thread.

Update: Just for clarity as people have asked in the comments, we do have a decent mobile site that should work on any phone with a browser. And we plan to build an Android app next. If anyone knows a good Android developer let us know!






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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes yes! Yay!


message 2: by I. (new)

I. S. I got the app and like it but had some real trouble adding friends using the app -- it hung up in the 'sending' process (or at least it never told me it was done) and sent the e-mail anyway. However, it still shows me as having no friends.

Also wondering, can it be used offline? I have an iPod touch, not an iPhone, so I have to rely on a wi-fi connection to get to the internet. I'm really looking forward to being able to use it when I'm in the bookstore looking for new stuff to get!


message 3: by Julien (new)

Julien wooohooo!


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris Wren Cool! I'm probably picking up an Ipod Touch this weekend, and Goodreads will be one of the first apps I install now!


message 5: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Yay! I got a GR App but it said it was not affiliated with the site...I can't wait to download this one. Now I'll really be on it all the time:)


message 6: by Kendall Anne (new)

Kendall Anne That is sooo cool!!!!! :)


message 7: by James (new)

James King It's a shame you went this route instead of a mobile web app that would function just as well on the iPhone, Android, and soon to be webkit Blackberry.


message 8: by Ebtihal (new)

Ebtihal Abuali Very cool! Thanks!


message 9: by M (new)

M Five stars for Goodreads iPhone App ! Thanks, Otis.


Too Many Thoughts Great, I only wish they made one for LG phones. I know iTunes or the directer of Goodreads or whoever won't read this but, I am desperately begging here: PLEASE MAKE A GOODREADS APP FOR LG MOBILE PHONES. I am in serious need of book browsing when I am out and about.


message 11: by Raquel (new)

Raquel i agree you should make one for the droid!


message 12: by Jason (new)

Jason Congrats on the successful iPhone launch!

Do you have any plans in the near future for an app on Android?


message 13: by Kirstin (new)

Kirstin Crossland Blackberry app on the horizon??


message 14: by Nan (new)

Nan This looks wonderful--but I do wish it was available for the Blackberry, too.


message 15: by Maria (new)

Maria Fabulous! Downloading it now! :)


message 16: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne It's about time!!! YIPPEEEEE!


message 17: by Vicci (new)

Vicci Excellent app! Thank you!


message 18: by Lekeshua (new)

Lekeshua All I can scream is AWESOME! My husband thinks I have lost my mind. Downloading now. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!


message 19: by Cyndy (new)

Cyndy Otty Elroy wrote: "It's a shame you went this route instead of a mobile web app that would function just as well on the iPhone, Android, and soon to be webkit Blackberry."

As a Blackberry user, I have to agree with Elroy here. Alas.


message 20: by Edna (new)

Edna Niiice! Just downloaded it. Thanks!


message 21: by Cassie (new)

Cassie I just saw Goodreads on the featured list! I think the app is great. And it doesn't seem to me that there's anything shameful about a new addition to the Goodreads experience. There IS a mobile website, and now there's an iPhone app. Seems like more is more here.


message 22: by Carrie (Care) (new)

Carrie (Care) I would love to see a blackberry app as well. This is a step in the right direction though.


message 23: by Heather C (new)

Heather C I also hope a blackberry app will be next!!


message 24: by Patrice (new)

Patrice Please tell me it is being developed for the DROID!!


message 25: by Gaa-chan (new)

Gaa-chan KYAAAAAAA!


message 26: by Stéphanie (new)

Stéphanie I would love an app for my BlackBerry!!


Jael ~ *~ Syhren ~* ~ I also would love an blackberry app. Why does Iphone get everything! But atleast you have upgraded your mobile site. I guess that is a plus.


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley I already have Goodreads on my iPhone :) Way ahead of you :)


message 29: by Alycia (new)

Alycia Awesome! Have been using goodreads via internet on my iphone, now I must download this app! :)


message 30: by Sheila (last edited Mar 05, 2010 01:16PM) (new)

Sheila I'm reading 5 books and it only shows 4 being currently read, does anybody have a fix for this? Is there a way to look at your groups with the new app?


message 31: by rivka, librarian moderator (new)

rivka I. wrote: "However, it still shows me as having no friends."

It won't show them until they confirm you as a friend.


FYI, Goodreads already had a mobile site.


Sheila, maybe you did not shelve one of the five as currently-reading?


message 32: by I. (new)

I. S. rivka wrote: "I. wrote: "However, it still shows me as having no friends."

It won't show them until they confirm you as a friend."


Awesome! One of them just did, too, so all is well :D Thank you.


message 33: by kelly (new)

kelly sweet! can u add a barcode scanner to scan books at the bookstore you want to add to your shelves?


message 34: by Alycia (new)

Alycia kelly wrote: "sweet! can u add a barcode scanner to scan books at the bookstore you want to add to your shelves?"

The B & N app lets you take pictures of the cover of the book, find more info, etc and I think you can make a wish list... its free.

On the amazon mobile version of the website you can add to your wishlist.


message 35: by Melody (new)

Melody I am a Goodreads addict and have been waiting for this app for a while. However I have a myTouch so PLEASE develop this for Android!!


message 36: by Terri (new)

Terri Way to go!


message 37: by Hannah (new)

Hannah This is just one more reason I wish I had an iPhone. :]


message 38: by rivka, librarian moderator (new)

rivka kelly wrote: "sweet! can u add a barcode scanner to scan books at the bookstore you want to add to your shelves?"

Otis said yesterday that they are looking into adding that functionality.


PageSageRageParker the Mighty (White Chocolate) now all i need is an iphone!


message 40: by heather (new)

heather AWESOME!! Thank you guys, I have been waiting for this!!


message 41: by Carlee Jane (new)

Carlee Jane Yes!!! Finally!! Thanks much, Goodreads! ^_^


message 42: by !ĘŁÏŻÅ¡ (new)

!ĘŁÏŻÅ¡ Cool!


message 43: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Hooray! I'm hoping to get my iPod Touch soon, and that will be the first app I get!


message 44: by Brandy *Ahviel* (new)

Brandy *Ahviel* is there any chance that goodreads will get an app for sprint palm pre?


message 45: by Allisa (new)

Allisa I don't have an iPhone so I really don't care.


message 46: by ~♥Alyssa♥~ (new)

~♥Alyssa♥~ Me neither.


message 47: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama} I've been waiting for this app for awhile now and it's awesome! Thanks! :)


message 48: by Tina (new)

Tina Awesome! I've been looking for it on itunes since I got my iphone!


message 49: by Z (new)

Z This makes me really want an iPhone.


message 50: by Keyanah (new)

Keyanah OMG, that's too cool!


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