Announcing Goodreads for iPad!

Posted by Ettore Pasquini on August 23, 2011
Curling up in bed, toting on vacation, or even Web surfing while on the can—a recent study reveals that tablet owners, such as iPad aficionados, love the portability of the device. Thirty-five percent admit to tablet use in the bathroom. No matter where you might be, we're pleased to announce that Goodreads now has an iPad app! This new release (version 1.4) takes advantage of the iPad's bigger screen, making your Goodreads experience much more enjoyable. Now you can see more of your updates, your discussion topics, and, of course, your books. This is only the first release we plan to do for the iPad - we know there is a lot more we can do to improve the experience.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is in the embedded ebook reader. Goodreads has a vast catalog of ebooks, and the iPad is definitely one of the best devices on which to read them! Check out a free classic like Jane Eyre or purchase one of the many ebooks for sale on the site.

We've also improved the barcode scanner and completed our Italian localization efforts. In case you were wondering, this is a "universal" release, which means the same app can run on iPhones, iPods, and iPads alike. In other words, all iOS devices can take advantage of these enhancements.

So, please head over to the App Store to download Goodreads for your iPad!

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message 1: by g (new)

g All I can say is YESSSSSSSSSSS. And THANK YOU!!!

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message 4: by D.G. (new)

D.G. YES!! Thank You, GR Team! Off to download it now!

message 5: by Jen (new)

Jen Your continued improvements encourage me to keep up the reading :)

message 6: by Bella (new)

Bella Fantastico! Thanks!

message 7: by Misty (new)

Misty FINALLY!!!!!

message 8: by David (new)

David Santos thats great but when will we be able to sign in via facebook/twitter on the App?

message 9: by Reyna (new)

Reyna Yay! I am so excited! I hated that small little itouch app:(

message 10: by Rawan (new)

Rawan Alwazzan I'm extremely ecstatic to hear this! Thank you so much..

message 11: by mari (new)

mari omg this is awesome. i was so tired of using the iphone app because it's so small. thanks!

message 12: by Thérèse (new)

Thérèse Greenhow OMG Yeeeeeeesssssss!

message 13: by Mansi (last edited Aug 24, 2011 12:25PM) (new)

Mansi *sigh* i've always wanted an iPad and for free? can't go better then that!!!
plus it'll be better for some of us~! XD
haha i would love to finally read some good books with out annoying my dad to go to Chapters and buy me some books ;)

message 14: by Ash (new)

Ash Great news!

message 15: by Ralph Gallagher (new)

Ralph Gallagher I don't really see the point of this. I'm not sure why iPad and other tablet users can't just use the main site.

message 16: by Edson (new)

Edson Vazquez That is just great news!!!!

message 17: by Matt (new)

Matt I like this because of the AS3 & CSS books in the previews. ;)

The Fairytale Nerd finally! i have been waiting for this forever! i wonder when (or if) it will be available for the blackberry...

message 19: by Books In Bloom (new)

Books In Bloom Hmm.. how about android tablet? :)

message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Superb :)

message 21: by Donna (new)

Donna This is great! But now I'm sad because the Great Chinese Firewall blocks me from accessing GR on my iPad.

message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah A. YESSSSSSSSS, So glad to finally have it on my iPad. Thank you :)

message 23: by Steph (last edited Aug 23, 2011 11:32PM) (new)

Steph Looooove you! Thank you! Off to download it and give it a try. Yay! :D

ETA: Works like a charm! Diggin' it!

message 24: by Dave (new)

Dave Metzener I'll add my thanks and appreciation to the many here already and say thanks and it looks awesome.

Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) This is great, thank you!!! I'm loving it so far. The only problem I've come across is that it doesn't hide spoilers like on the website. It just shows the spoiler html tags and the text (except for one where it said the spoiler had been deleted).

message 26: by Theweebarrell (new)

Theweebarrell Thank you, i have an ipad and looking forward to using it on it although i use it on my HTC Desire and love the barcode

message 27: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn HOOOOOOORAY! This makes my day, seriously! Very excited!

message 28: by Krista (new)

Krista Fantastic news! Can't wait to head over to the App Store.

message 29: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (Stepping Out Of The Page) I've been looking forward to this!

message 30: by Daphne (new)

Daphne Delacroix ... I don't have an iPad :( ...

message 31: by Lisa (new)

Lisa At long last! Very good.

message 32: by Lora (new)

Lora Ralph wrote: "I don't really see the point of this. I'm not sure why iPad and other tablet users can't just use the main site."

Because the site isn't optimized for them...? The font sizes are weird in the main version, not all the options are available on the mobile version, and mainly, there are ads all down the right side which don't show up on the app.

message 33: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Aaron Hmm, just tried it and it shows as the small iphone version. :(

message 34: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa That is so cool. I've been wanting to buy an iPad for sometime and I can't wait to use this app

Jenny (Reading Envy) I was using the iPhone app for a while and ended up just going back to the NON mobile version of the site on the iPad browser. I'll give this one a try, but if it is anything like the phone app, half of what I needed wasn't available. I use GoodReads to keep track of my own books, true, but more often to participate in discussions, and need the app to work for that as well!

message 36: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Aaron Stephanie wrote: "Hmm, just tried it and it shows as the small iphone version. :("

Ah, just looked, I didn't have the latest version, now it works. Lovely.

message 37: by Athira (new)

Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) Thank you! I'd been waiting for this!

message 38: by Arti (new)

Arti i got it, and it's SO COOL!!!!!

message 39: by Karin (new)

Karin Happy! I've been waiting for this too!

message 40: by Subaru (last edited Aug 24, 2011 12:55PM) (new)

Subaru I downloaded this app and i have a few questions.
Is there an option to add new books? (not to one's shelfs but generally) I can't find it.
Where can i add tags to my books - is there a menu i'm missing?

When adding tags through the web browser i can't scroll down through the tags (i've got a lot of tags but can see only a few). The page is scrolling but the tags list is not. Does anyone experience similiar problems on their ipad?

Update: I figured out some things by myself and edited the post :)

message 41: by Ettore (new)

Ettore Pasquini Subaru, sorry, adding a book to GR is not available on the iOS (or Android) apps. Same thing for the tags handling.

message 42: by Subaru (new)

Subaru Ettore wrote: "Subaru, sorry, adding a book to GR is not available on the iOS (or Android) apps. Same thing for the tags handling."

That explains it. Thanks for the answer Ettore!

message 43: by Shaima (new)

Shaima YAY!! Finally! hopefully it's better than the iphone version

message 44: by Karen (new)

Karen J That great! Any thoughts to adding one for the Nook? I love my Nook and would love to have them both together.

message 45: by Ettore (last edited Aug 24, 2011 03:55PM) (new)

Ettore Pasquini Karen, yeah we had a Nook Color app but there have been a few issues on the B&N app store. The Nook Color app should be coming back soon.

message 46: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 24, 2011 04:39PM) (new)

I'm really, really disspointed with this app.
How about a new interface for the larger screen instead of just making the iPod/iPhone app bigger?
I'm back to using Safari.
It's easier.
Like, I'm sorry to say, but this app isn't worth downloading.
I can't even keep track of all my groups.
The app doesn't look as good as the iPhone/iPod touch one.

I'm really sorry, and I love GR, but this isn't for me.

message 47: by Karen (new)

Karen J Ettore wrote: "Karen, yeah we had a Nook Color app but there have been a few issues on the B&N app store. The Nook Color app should be coming back soon."

Keep us posted please.

message 48: by Kiley (new)

Kiley Oooh, I've been hoping for one of these, thanks. :D

message 49: by Sonia (new)

Sonia Jarmula How about an app for Blackberries?

message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

Thank you! I really liken how easy this app is to navigate.

There are a couple problems, though:
1) None of the links on the "More" screen work (Find Friends, Sign Out, or the links to contact support, etc.)
2) The location icon (in "Explore" - "Events near you") doesn't even come close to finding my correct location. None of my other apps have any problem with their location based functionality so I'm thinking it's your app.

Otherwise, great job!

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