May Newsletter!

Posted by Elizabeth on May 5, 2010
May Newsletter

What do you do when Charlaine Harris, Chuck Palahniuk and Isabel Allende all say that they will do interviews with Goodreads?

Well, apart from the spontaneous throwing of popcorn and resounding cheer that erupted at our office, you get down to work. With three interviews instead of our usual two we realized that this month, more than ever, highlighted the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny problem that our newsletter is simply too long.

The newsletter is a little bit different this month. We spent a great deal of time working out a new format that would give you more information in a compact form. It is our first pass at it, so expect some refinements in the months to come.

With the format changes, we also realized that we needed a place for the newsletter content to live outside of the newsletter—a place that we’ve given the working title of Book Lounge. We like the idea of being able to hang out in this area for as long as you like, nosing through bookish interviews, learning about authors, finding out about new Q&A’s and Movers & Shakers—all on one page. This is in early-stage development, so expect it to evolve. Hopefully we’ll be able to add lots of content from all of you in the future.

And let’s not forget the meat of the newsletter. Along with Harris, Palahniuk and Allende, Jen Lancaster sent us her list of top 5 favorite pop-culture books and Sebastian Junger sent us a more sobering selection, his list of the most powerful books about war. We also featured debut author Jean Kwok, who sounds like she survived a harrowing childhood, and traveled to Brazil, for an interesting take on the culture of celebrity. Alexander McCall Smith volunteered a week of his time to questions from Goodreads members, and don’t forget to check out OneKid OneWorld, (a charity that shares our penchant for combining words). It’s a foundation that helps education in Kenya and El Salvador. Finally, the winning poem of the month is Big Time by Paul Siegell.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

Elizabeth

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message 1: by Allisa (new)

Allisa White I like the new format so far!!!!!!!! XD


message 2: by Janeen-san (new)

Janeen-san So do I!


message 3: by Luna (new)

Luna me too


message 4: by Audrey02 (new)

Audrey02 great job :)


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Wolfe I diffentally love the new format so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 6: by Janeen-san (new)

Janeen-san why is the author's tab gone on the homepage??? please bring it back!!!!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

yeah please bring it back the Author's tab.


message 8: by Stefanie Sugia (new)

Stefanie Sugia i really like the new format :)


message 9: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Lee Elizabeth,
I think the new format is brilliant.I wanted to ask if you can add a confrence room for members who want to chat with each other. I think you would get more members wanting to start book clubs. Goodreads would be the happening book site,they would get a place to organize all their books,chat with their friends,see who is the next author that is going to write a best seller. The last but surely not the least,checkout what their favorite Author is doing. I love Goodreads because, it is not cluttered with everything and everybody as soon as you sign in; their are tabs for that juicey info.....

Thanks A Bunch,
joycedlee


message 10: by Oliver (new)

Oliver Thank you, Elizabeth.
I really like the new format!


message 11: by Jabo (new)

Jabo Ooooh pretty clever! Oh! Who am I kidding this has nothing to do with books!


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Great!


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

best newsletter ever!


message 14: by Mikayla (new)

Mikayla heLLo


message 15: by Mikayla (new)

Mikayla Ariel wrote: "best newsletter ever!"

yeah it is


message 16: by Mikayla (new)

Mikayla Ezio wrote: "Great!"

yeah it is


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

:)


message 19: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Olson I like the looks of the Newsletter/Book Lounge but wonder how I'll get back to it if I don't read it all at once: will there be a tab at the top of the page? will the link for the current issue remain on the homepage? How will this work. Thanks!


message 20: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Joyce wrote: "Elizabeth,
I think the new format is brilliant.I wanted to ask if you can add a confrence room for members who want to chat with each other. I think you would get more members wanting to start boo..."


Hi Joyce,
I think that's a great idea. We'll add it to our to-do list!
Best,
EKC


message 21: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Elizabeth wrote: "I like the looks of the Newsletter/Book Lounge but wonder how I'll get back to it if I don't read it all at once: will there be a tab at the top of the page? will the link for the current issue rem..."

Hi Elizabeth,
Since Book Lounge is in Beta, we don't have a link from the homepage to get there--yet. But that will change in the future.
If you want to get there directly, I suggest typing in www.goodreads.com/book_lounge
Best,
EKC


message 22: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Learner_ForEver wrote: "One suggestion:
Could you please allow pple to add books on their shelf which they want to keep hidden from their profile views. May be useful in medical situations,guilty pleasures etc."


Hi Learner,
I think that is on the to-do list, but I also recommend suggesting that feature in the Goodreads Feedback group!
Best,
EKC


message 23: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Lee Elizabeth,
Thank you for reading my suggestion,and answering it so quickly. I'm glad you liked mt idea.

Have A great day!
If you are a mom....HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!
joycedlee


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