April Newsletter!

Posted by Elizabeth on April 8, 2010
April Newsletter!

Spring is finally here. At Goodreads, that hopefully means a tempering of El Nino, which has drenched our offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica.

After a nine-year hiatus, Yann Martel’s new book, Beatrice and Virgil, is finally in stores. Much like Life of Pi, it’s another book that makes your think long after you’ve read the last page. And Martel doesn’t shy away from taking on complicated subjects either. I’ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own…

Author Anna Quindlen is an inspiration as well. Over the years, she’s been given a platform via the NYT and Newsweek to provide a distinctly female perspective to world events; I’ve always found her point of view refreshing. Her newest book Every Last One explores the volatile nature of parenting.

For In-Bed this month former Poet Laureate Robert Hass provided his favorite poetry recommendations, and Literature at Every Latitude took us to Haiti. I’m certainly curious about a book that caused an author to be so afraid of the Haitian Military that she destroyed every copy she and her family could get their hands on. Writer’s remorse?

We highlighted Pratham for Do Good With Goodreads this April. Pratham is an organization based in India with a great reputation for impacting change. We also ran the stats on the site to find Movers & Shakers for the month and blackout poet Austin Kleon brings visual pizzazz to newsprint in Author Snapshot. We wish him lots of luck with his creations.

As usual we are working hard to invent new features that make the booklover experience even better. Now you can read public domain books in your browser via Goodreads. You can change font size, search for words, and view illustrations. We’ve also created a version for the Goodreads iPhone app and a page on Goodreads to compare e-readers and set e-reader preferences
for all of your trying to figure out if you want a kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, etc.

Finally, don’t forget to check out our winning poem of the month! The poem is called Traveling North by Bobbi Lurie.

We hope you enjoy the Newsletter!



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message 1: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Will there be a Goodreads app for the Droid?

Cathy


message 2: by Scott (new)

Scott These are not the droids you are looking for.


message 3: by S (new)

S Cathy wrote: "Will there be a Goodreads app for the Droid?

Cathy"


I don't think so. Not for now. Goodreads may be doing more apps in the future, it just depends. But for sure, the iPod app is out and rockin'. :)


message 4: by Reed (new)

Reed Scott wrote: "These are not the droids you are looking for."

Well hi there Obi Wan Kenobi


message 5: by Reed (new)

Reed You forgot to wave your hand though. Ha


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Cathy wrote: "Will there be a Goodreads app for the Droid?

Cathy"
Hi Cathy,
There are plans for both the Droid and the BlackBerry...we're working on it.


message 7: by Amber (new)

Amber Adamchuk Elizabeth wrote: "Cathy wrote: "Will there be a Goodreads app for the Droid?

Cathy"Hi Cathy,
There are plans for both the Droid and the BlackBerry...we're working on it."


Thank you for this I have an Itouch.. with the newest app love it but my phone is an android phone and I would LOVE to be able to do my updates on the road as well!!!


message 8: by Rob (new)

Rob Is there a way to set it so just books/updates in english show up on my home page and ebook page?


message 9: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I would also love to see a Goodreads app for Android phones. Apple lovers aren;t the only people who like books ;)


message 10: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I need the Android app too. Please! I just joined this site and I am addicted.


message 11: by Donna (new)

Donna I'm confused....Where on the app can we read the ebooks???


message 12: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Boehm Is there any way to list my read list by author instead of the date entered. I would like to use my list so I don't pickup books I have already read. Love this site.


message 13: by Kiki^_^ (new)

Kiki^_^ etto....... kiki's confused.........
.......................*faints*


message 14: by Kiki^_^ (new)

Kiki^_^ Amanda wrote: "I need the Android app too. Please! I just joined this site and I am addicted."
awwwww i looove ur pic amanda


message 15: by Cherlyn (new)

Cherlyn where can I go for help using the site?
I would like to list my books in the chronological order that I read them in. Now, whenever I add a book it just finds its own random place in my list. Any help?


message 16: by Elizabeth (last edited Apr 09, 2010 01:39PM) (new)

Elizabeth Cherlyn wrote: "where can I go for help using the site?
I would like to list my books in the chronological order that I read them in. Now, whenever I add a book it just finds its own random place in my list. An..."


Please contact support@Goodreads.com or go to the Feedback group if you have support questions.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

can you post really good tween books too?


message 18: by Suzan (new)

Suzan Oktaria I hope you'll get to Palembang, Indonesia soon


message 19: by Daria (new)

Daria Scott wrote: "These are not the droids you are looking for."

For some bizarre reason, that comment made me laugh!


message 20: by Amanda (last edited Apr 09, 2010 07:39PM) (new)

Amanda Kiki^_^ wrote: "awwwww i looove ur pic amanda"

Thanks! He sleeps 23 hours a day but likes to walk on me while I read.

Elizabeth, thanks for your posts. It is great to know you all plan to serve the other platforms as well.


message 21: by Stéphanie (new)

Stéphanie Can't wait to have an app for my blackberry!


message 22: by Amber grace (new)

Amber grace My birthday was on Tuesday April,6


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm really enjoying the ability to read public domain books on Goodreads, seeing as I don't have a Kindle, Nook, etc. :D


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

:P


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Any sign of a Goodreads iPad app?


message 26: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth It's on the to do list...


message 27: by AmyLyn (new)

AmyLyn Elizabeth wrote: "Cathy wrote: "Will there be a Goodreads app for the Droid?

Cathy"Hi Cathy,
There are plans for both the Droid and the BlackBerry...we're working on it."


Yeah! I'm getting a Droid for Mother's Day and the first app I looked for was Goodreads. =) Please get it ready soon!!


message 28: by Madalenga (new)

Madalenga Looking forward to an app for Droid :)


message 29: by Alan (new)

Alan Kipping-ruane its been released! search GoodReads Droid


message 30: by Brandon (new)

Brandon @Alan, are you sure, all I come up with in google are questions asking whether one will come out.


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