Goodreads on Kindle E-readers Just Got Even Better! (U.S., Canada, & Australia)

Posted by Suzanne on November 14, 2014
After we launched Goodreads on Kindle e-readers, one of the requests we heard most from readers was, “When will we be able to share progress updates?” Starting today, the answer is now! This is just one of the many features now available on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite, in the United States, Canada and Australia.



For all of you clamoring for the ability to add a book to your Goodreads shelves, we haven’t forgotten you either. Just go to your Kindle device library and tap and hold on any book to shelve it on Goodreads.




Being able to see what your friends think of a book – and which of your friends are reading a book - is one of the most popular features on Goodreads. Now you can not only see your friends’ reviews but also their ratings, shelves and progress updates on any book on Goodreads on your Kindle e-reader.



The updated version of Goodreads is available in a free, over-the-air software update delivered automatically on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage, and the second generation Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, and Australia in the coming weeks. Can’t wait? You can also visit www.amazon.com/kindlesoftwareupdates to download it.

We don’t have details to share about other Kindle e-readers or introducing Goodreads on Kindle to members of other countries at this time, but our goal is to provide the Goodreads on Kindle experience to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are Goodreads on our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.

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message 1: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Only the second gen Paperwhite? That's disappointing.


message 2: by Slipperyvowels (new)

Slipperyvowels What about the Kindle Keyboard??????


message 3: by Dawn (new)

Dawn What about the UK???????


message 4: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Nice. I didn't bother with Goodreads on my Kindle because it seemed pretty useless. I'll give it another shot now.


Robert Ettinger Just spoke to Amazon - no UK coverage at the moment and they have no idea when it will be deployed. :(


message 6: by Brandon (new)

Brandon G Yeah, the fact that only second generation paperwhite will be getting it is disappointing.


message 7: by Aildiin (new)

Aildiin It's an improvement but we still can not see our recommendations or put books on shelves other than the 3 basic ones and some of those features were available 2 years ago on the old Goodreads app....


message 8: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I'm out. My old Kindle is not included in this list. I'll have to be satisfied with the app for Android.


message 9: by Amber (new)

Amber Kestner I have the app for my Kindle Fire but my brother and father have it in the corner on Kindle Paperwhite.


message 10: by Celia (last edited Nov 14, 2014 10:08AM) (new)

Celia One of the main reasons I'm finally getting a Kindle (for Christmas! :D ) is that it is Goodreads compatible at last. Yay!


message 11: by Ewa (new)

Ewa What about Kindle Paperwhite I?


message 12: by Lena (new)

Lena Awesome. My iPad might be surgically implanted but I prefer reading on my Paperwhite and have already been using the quote share. This is another reason to upgrade to a Voyager for Christmas.


message 13: by Saunders (last edited Nov 14, 2014 11:15AM) (new)

Saunders Amazon need to look at the UK - to say that they don't know when it will be deployed is unacceptable! Please also tell us why only the US, Canada and Australia?


message 14: by James (new)

James Campbell Too bad people with other e-readers are alienated from this feature. I will never buy a Kindle, so...guess I miss out.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* James wrote: "Too bad people with other e-readers are alienated from this feature. I will never buy a Kindle, so...guess I miss out."

Not just you. I finally bought a kindle like a month before the amazon changeover and all this integration - even though mine wasn't old to me since I bought it new at best buy, it wasn't the newer of two fires (I guess), so I don't get integration either. What's ironic is I bought the most expensive and largest there at the time. Oh well.


message 16: by James (new)

James Campbell Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*) wrote: "James wrote: "Too bad people with other e-readers are alienated from this feature. I will never buy a Kindle, so...guess I miss out."

Not just you. I finally bought a kindle like a month before t..."


I'm a loyal Kobo user. They have the majority of the market share here in Canada, and their high end product(s) is every bit as good, and better according to many consumer reviews.

However, I understand why Goodreads is doing what they are, as they are under the ever increasing Amazon umbrella.


message 17: by Manuela (last edited Nov 14, 2014 01:21PM) (new)

Manuela Look at that, another new thing that excludes a large part of your users. Why am I not surprised?

Just tell the truth, that you don't have any intention, not now nor in the future, to do anything for those who don't use Kindle, for those who use Windows Phone, for most of those who don't live in the US/Canada.


Brittain *The Baddest Female* I have never used Goodreads on my Paperwhite because it was largely useless. Excited to give it another shot!


message 19: by Stevie (new)

Stevie Anything about Kindle Fires?


message 20: by Lena (new)

Lena So I checked out Kobo and found buying a Voyager was not the no-brainer I thought. For starters, wow, there are a lot of Kobos! The one that compares most closely with Voyager is the Aurora.

The Aurora: 6" High Res Pearl E Ink ClarityScreen 212dpi 11 fonts 24 sizes
Size: 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 174 g
Price: $149

Kindle Voyager: 6" Carta ePaper 300dpi 6 fonts 8 sizes
Size: 162 x 115 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 180g
Price: $200

Not so easy huh? Weight and faux bookness are important to me so these are pretty even. Kobo also has two fancier 6.8" versions that are heavier, obviously, but still cheaper than Voyager. Other factors are my Kindle Unlimited which has been paying off with many new authors and classic works of scifi. I tried looking up one of the last Unlimited books I read, Fight Dirty, through Kobos library to see how much it would have cost - it wasn't there. I know there are hacks, but paying for something and then hacking?


message 21: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa The ability to share progress updates (and the fact that I just received a PW2 as an out of warranty replacement for my recently deceased PW1) may actually sway me to link Amazon and GoodReads.
I'm still deciding....


message 22: by Craig (new)

Craig Reynolds I'm confused. Does this get us automatic syncing of progress between the Kindle and Goodreads, or just the ability to manually post a share of progress to Goodreads?

If it's the later then I feel like I've gained nothing (aside from the fact it won't work on my 1st gen Paperwhite) because what I (and I think most people) wanted is automatic syncing, not the ability to do a form of tweeting about their progress.

It's the modern age, and I'm reading an electronic book on a digital device that is connected to the Internet. Why do I need to manually record my progress?


message 23: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Craig wrote: "I'm confused. Does this get us automatic syncing of progress between the Kindle and Goodreads, or just the ability to manually post a share of progress to Goodreads?

If it's the later then I feel ..."


I may be wrong, but it looks like it will do both. If you look at the image ther eis a bar that says "4%" which, I'm guessing, is being pulled directly from the device. The user can then, also, add a comment as usual.


message 24: by Craig (new)

Craig Reynolds Nyssa wrote: "I may be wrong, but it looks like it will do both. If you look at the image ther eis a bar that says "4%" which, I'm guessing, is being pulled directly from the device. The user can then, also, add a comment as usual. "

That entire dialog looks user initiated to me, which is essentially what I *don't* want.


message 25: by Emmanuel (new)

Emmanuel Sweet Canada


message 26: by Contessa (new)

Contessa Finally! Goodreads on the Paperwhite was a big deciding factor when I bought it for Christmas last year. I was so disappointed when I realized I couldn't update my shelves/progress. This is how the Goodreads app should have always been.


message 27: by Contessa (new)

Contessa MeCarrizee wrote: "What about the Kindle Keyboard??????"

I don't even think they are doing ANY updates for the Keyboard and the Keyboard never had the app...


message 28: by Contessa (new)

Contessa Celia wrote: "One of the main reasons I'm finally getting a Kindle (for Christmas! :D ) is that it is Goodreads compatible at last. Yay!"

I hope you enjoy <3 I got mine last year~


message 29: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Cannon These are the exact two features I've been hoping for, so thank you! Especially the ability to add progress updates. The Goodreads integration on my Kindle has always been a bit baffling to me - if I'm on my Kindle rather than my computer, I'm much more interested in adding a progress update than in looking at my friends' updates, but I can do the latter and not the former.

Now all I need is to be able to add books to custom shelves and set the date I read the book directly from my Kindle, and it will be perfect. :) But that can wait - I'm happy with the ability to add progress updates.


Craig wrote: "I'm confused. Does this get us automatic syncing of progress between the Kindle and Goodreads, or just the ability to manually post a share of progress to Goodreads?

If it's the later then I feel ..."


If automatic syncing is an option, please let us choose whether to turn it on and off. Automatic syncing is something I emphatically don't want - what if I look something up in the back of a book, for example, and Goodreads decides I'm 98% done? What if I open a previous book in a series to remind myself who a particular character is, and Goodreads decides I'm reading that book now? I'd much rather choose what gets shared to Goodreads and when.


message 30: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Adair (Cat on the Bookshelf) I'm annoyed that I have to have two Goodreads apps installed to get the feature to update my progress and freely add to my custom shelves. I just downloaded the newer one, surprised it was available to purchase, thinking it would update the one that has always been on my Kindle Fire. Nope. I now have to have two apps. Please fix this issue.


message 31: by Adam (new)

Adam Will Paperwhite I get the update later?


message 32: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I checked the software updates info, and while deeper Goodreads integration is included in the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation, it's not included for the new Kindle (7th generation) :(


message 33: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo Oliveira Too bad i'll be missing this. The difference between 1st and 2nd Gen Paperwhite is negligible.


message 34: by Sara (new)

Sara Naveed Wohoo. Great news!


message 35: by Megan (new)

Megan This is what I get! If only I held off buying my Kindle one year I'd have the update. I have the 1st Kindle Paperwhite, once again the later versions are left in the dust. More companies should be like Apple, no matter the version you get the newest update!


message 36: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Maloney I'm not seeing this update. Is there a trick to downloading it?? I have a brand new Paperwhite, so I'm still figuring out how to use it. Lol.


message 37: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Megan wrote: "More companies should be like Apple, no matter the version you get the newest update! "

Actually, that's not true. Anything older than the iPhone 4S can't update to iOS8. And the first gen iPad stopped being eligible for updates over a year ago.


message 38: by Dominic (last edited Nov 15, 2014 11:40AM) (new)

Dominic Why is this feature not available in the UK, though? I'm struggling to see a technical reason for it; I have a Kindle Voyage, I have a Goodreads account...so why am I waiting to have this included?

I know people will point out that a UK/European Kindle will have different firmware - fine. That would account for a delay in introducing it. However, Amazon should not be saying that they have "no idea" when this feature will be introduced in the UK. This is poor, Amazon, to be honest.


message 39: by Linda K (new)

Linda K I updated my paper white manually. The deeper Goodreads integration is nice.


message 40: by Cheri (new)

Cheri The updating from within the book only works for books purchased through Amazon.


message 41: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Salmond So just to clarify, this won't work with the Kindle app on a android phone?


message 42: by Nyssa (last edited Nov 15, 2014 02:22PM) (new)

Nyssa Nicole wrote: "So just to clarify, this won't work with the Kindle app on a android phone?"

Unfortunately, no.

Which I find REALLY upsetting as it made their "Family Sharing" option useless to us (other than my having access to my husband's past purchases). I'm the only one in the house that actually uses a Kindle - everyone else uses their tablets , but, we do not have a Kindle Fire.


message 43: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Salmond Nyssa wrote: "Nicole wrote: "So just to clarify, this won't work with the Kindle app on a android phone?"

Unfortunately, no.

Which I find REALLY upsetting as it made their "Family Sharing" option useless to u..."


Bugger! I really hope they incorporate this feature in their app soon so it can be used everywhere.


message 44: by ManicMyna (new)

ManicMyna why exactly is this not available every bloody where?

is amazon having some rights management issue with itself since it owns everything involved here?


message 45: by Linda K (last edited Nov 15, 2014 05:42PM) (new)

Linda K Cheri wrote: "The updating from within the book only works for books purchased through Amazon."

No you can update a library book that is in kindle format as well. I just did it.


message 46: by Barry (last edited Nov 16, 2014 01:15AM) (new)

Barry Dominic wrote: "Why is this feature not available in the UK, though? I'm struggling to see a technical reason for it; I have a Kindle Voyage, I have a Goodreads account...so why am I waiting to have this included?..."

Dominic, it's not a US/UK firmware issue as the firmware is identical. You can easily verify this by checking the manual download links on the Software Update help pages on the .com and .co.uk sites.

I too don't see any technical reasons for not implementing in the UK, especially since there is actually a way of getting Goodreads on your Kindle from within the UK. All you have to do is to transfer your Kindle account to the .com site from within your settings.

Unfortunately this is not ideal and comes with a few caveats. Firstly you have to have a US address (I suggest you set up a BundleBox account if you don't have a usable US address). Secondly, all your access will be through the .com site, meaning only books available in the USA, books priced in US dollars, etc.

Since this isn't a technical problem, it must either be a legal issue (hard to fathom) or some other unknown issue. Whatever it is, it is very frustrating not to have this functionality. Surely it could have been sorted in the whole year that the US has had it, especially since Canada and Australia don't seem to have any issues...


message 47: by Phil (last edited Nov 16, 2014 11:03AM) (new)

Phil But when do we get UK coverage?

It would be great if someone would say it is coming in x months or it is never coming. Ihate the vacuum of knowledge.


Bonnie (A Backwards Story) It would be nice if it worked on the Kindle app, which is what I use on my Note.

It would ALSO be nice if this feature would be added for other types of e-readers, even though I know that Amazon bought Goodreads and probably doesn't care about other e-readers out there.


message 49: by Abby (last edited Nov 16, 2014 05:08AM) (new)

Abby Phil wrote: "But when do we get UK coverage?"

Exactly my thoughts, I was so excited over the news especially considering I've recently ordered a Kindle Paperwhite, but I can't even use the Goodreads app because it's not available here. This may seem childish, but - no fair.


message 50: by Lena (last edited Nov 16, 2014 05:43AM) (new)

Lena I had no idea Goodreads was part of The Amazon Hegemony.


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