Goodreads Now Inside the Kindle iOS App! (U.S. Only)

Posted by Eric Franklin on December 15, 2014
Are you one of the 55 percent of ebook readers who read on their tablets? Or have you joined the 32 percent of ebook readers who read on their cell phones? If so, we have exciting news: The latest update of the free Kindle iOS app includes some of your favorite Goodreads features! Currently available in the U.S. only, this update marks the first time you can access Goodreads inside the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad. And if you are new to reading books on the Kindle iOS app, you’ll find a special Goodreads-powered "Welcome" experience in the app.

Want to share progress updates about the latest Kindle book you’re reading? Now you can do it right on the page you’re reading, without leaving the book.



Is there a line or passage that you want to remember and share with your Goodreads friends? You can highlight it and share it right on the page as you’re reading!



You’ve finished a book! Want to record or share your thoughts? With the updated iOS app you have the option of rating and reviewing your book on both Goodreads and Amazon once you reach the final page.



How to Get Started

To get started, download the new update and open your Kindle app. Next, click on the Settings button in the bottom right-hand corner and select Social Networking. Connect to your Goodreads account and start reading and sharing!

For New Kindle iOS App Users

Are you a brand-new Kindle customer? If you haven’t downloaded a book and haven’t connected the app to Goodreads, the Kindle app includes a new Goodreads-powered "Welcome" experience. By selecting favorite genres, rating books you've read, and choosing books you want to read, you will get personalized book sample suggestions to download and read for free.

The Goodreads features in the new Kindle iOS app are currently available for U.S. members only. We don’t have any updates to share right now on when this will be available for our members in other countries or on the Kindle Android app, but we promise to share more news once we have it. Thanks for your patience on this front!

You can download the new Kindle for iOS app to your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes App Store. Let us know what you think!

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message 1: by Jaime (new)

Jaime Will it be available for people in the uk?


message 2: by Khim (new)

Khim When will this available for people in The Netherlands?


message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter Seeing that Amazon has quite an investment in the Android operating system (i.e. generates a lot of revenue through with Amazon Fire devices and the Amazon App Store), it's counter-productive to launch this on iOS first.


message 4: by Danie (new)

Danie van der Merwe Hopefully South Africa and Android too soon.


message 5: by Natalia (new)

Natalia What about... Mexico??


message 6: by Sanaa (new)

Sanaa Shaltout Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish..... what about arabic????


message 7: by Ashton (new)

Ashton Willson Why not proper e readers and for all country's not just the us


message 8: by Eric (last edited Dec 15, 2014 04:32PM) (new)

Eric Franklin Jaime wrote: "Will it be available for people in the uk?"

Khim wrote: "When will this available for people in The Netherlands?"

Natalia wrote: "What about... Mexico??"

Sanaa wrote: Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish..... what about arabic????

Sookie wrote: "Why not proper e readers and for all country's not just the us"

Hi all! We'd love to make these features available to all Goodreads members and Kindle customers around the world (and in a broad set of languages). There's a lot of work for us to make that happen though. We don't have specific timelines to announce yet.


Debbie♥ love my Ducks♥ So excited Thanks GR team!


message 10: by Sally (new)

Sally You wanna start improving Goodreads on Android systems yet Goodreads? That would be kind of nice.


message 11: by Sefa (new)

Sefa What about some improvement on Android app?


message 12: by Lena (new)

Lena Book browser is so AWESOME! I love my kindle unlimited.


message 13: by R.L. (new)

R.L. Stedman i'd like reviews on goodreads to populate across amazon. easier than having to write two reviews. And please, the world doesn't end at the US borders....


message 14: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany You should open up your API. I want this feature in Marvin app on my iPad, the only app I use to read. Can you open things up a little? Or are you Kindle-centric because you were bought out by Amazon?


message 15: by Pippa (new)

Pippa DaCosta I got all excited about this, and realised it's not for the UK. When will it be rolled out in the UK, please.


message 16: by ManicMyna (new)

ManicMyna this is still a huge fuck you for all kindle/amazon users outside america


message 17: by Noel (new)

Noel Kelly So, when you guys were assuring us that the improvements brought to iOS users were on the way for Android users, what you really meant was, "After we're finished catering to our US only, iOS only users, then we might think about doing something for you guys." Seriously, what a 'fuck you' this is for Android users who were seriously anticipating being given a real update any time soon. As for the US only thing, well, that makes little sense to me at all...


message 18: by Tom (new)

Tom For book lovers everywhere. Except outside the US :(


message 19: by Sean (new)

Sean O I know people like to complain, but there are very good Goodreads apps for both iOS and Android. I'm assuming they're available world wide.

Honestly, I kinda dread better Goodreads/Kindle integration, because it means that Goodreads will become the tool of Amazon, not the reader.


message 20: by John Runyon (new)

John Runyon Now we just need Android (because the Goodreads android app is horrible and I have to use the website instead) and Kindle devices!


message 21: by Noel (last edited Dec 16, 2014 11:14AM) (new)

Noel Kelly Sean wrote: "I know people like to complain, but there are very good Goodreads apps for both iOS and Android. I'm assuming they're available world wide.

Honestly, I kinda dread better Goodreads/Kindle integrat..."


Perhaps you could point me in the direction of one of these very good apps for Android? The official one isn't particularly bad, the ui is incredibly dated and not particularly easy to use though. Considering it's been months since iOS got a fresh new app for iOS7/8, I don't think it's too much to ask that Android users get the same treatment (albeit months later), especially considering Android Lollipop is here now. It's not like the complaints are arriving now all of a sudden, you know? People have been asking for a fresh new ui on the Play Store for a very long time now, but we've been overlooked time and again because the Goodreads devs would rather release shiny new bits and bobs for iOS than deliver something useable for Android...


message 22: by Sean (new)

Sean O It's clear to me that Amazon's priorities are for Goodreads apps are: Kindles first, iOS second, Android third.

This is what happens when Amazon owns Goodreads. Any Android-based improvement will be done for the Fire, but not for Android phones/tablets.


message 23: by Noel (new)

Noel Kelly Sean wrote: "It's clear to me that Amazon's priorities are for Goodreads apps are: Kindles first, iOS second, Android third.

This is what happens when Amazon owns Goodreads. Any Android-based improvement will ..."


Can't see how the code would be much different between the Kindle Fire and any other Android device, to be quite honest. A few tweaks at most. Do that, and then you can release for the Kindles first and have an iOS and Android release at the same time. Not sure why Android is being left behind at all.


message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I connected my account, but I can't figure out how to share quotes or update progress at all.


message 25: by Patches (new)

Patches I love this concept :D


message 26: by Nika ♥Marie♥ (new)

Nika  ♥Marie♥ My app has updated I'm in the U.S. and I don't have this feature yet!


message 27: by Book_Loving_MC (new)

Book_Loving_MC Just got the update but I don't see goodreads on my social network links. Just Facebook and Twitter


message 28: by Anny (new)

Anny I know that a lot of people are complaining, too, but I would like an Android update, too! The current app is ANCIENT. Also, I would really appreciate push notifications and such!


message 29: by Sean (new)

Sean O Noel,

Technologically, the update is trivial. Kindle Fire runs on Android too.

The reason is the Kindle device is an Amazon device. They don't want to support Android devices to the detriment of the Kindle Fire. So expect the Android app to get short shrift, just like the Kindle app on Android, which lags behind the iOS app.


message 30: by Alanna (new)

Alanna Pfeifler-McKee These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an internet search and there is nothing anywhere...


message 31: by Eric (new)

Eric Franklin Alanna wrote: "These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an internet search and there is nothing anywhere..."

Tap any page within a book and click the Goodreads "g" that appears on the controls. It's on the bottom controls on iPhone and on the top for iPad.


message 32: by Alanna (new)

Alanna Pfeifler-McKee Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an internet search and there is nothing anywhere......"

I have the most updated version of the app and I do not have a 'g' on my bottom controls. All I have is Text/background settings, x-ray options and a 'my notebook' icon.


message 33: by Eric (last edited Dec 17, 2014 10:20AM) (new)

Eric Franklin Alanna wrote: "Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an internet search and there is nothin..."

Have you connected the app to Goodreads? From your Library, click Settings > Social Networks > Goodreads and ensure that Goodreads is linked.

NOTE: You also need to show as a US Kindle customer in order to have Goodreads features on the app.


message 34: by Alanna (new)

Alanna Pfeifler-McKee Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an internet search and ..."

Thanks for your help, Eric. Yes, I was linked to Goodreads, so I unlinked and linked again and it's still not showing a 'g' anywhere. I also restarted my phone and that did nothing.


message 35: by Eric (new)

Eric Franklin Alanna wrote: "Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "Eric wrote: "Alanna wrote: "These changes are great, but there is no instruction on HOW to actually update your progress. I've looked all over the app and did an interne..."

Sorry for the trouble, Alanna. I only have one more clarifying suggestion. When you are successfully linked to Goodreads, the Social Networks settings screen will show as "Goodreads ------ unlink." DO NOT click it when it says "unlink" as that will delink the account.

So, go to Settings > Social Networks. If it says "link" next to Goodreads, tap and link it up. If it says "unlink," then you are where you need to be. I noticed that I delinked myself once just mucking about in there.

If none of this works, I think you've gone beyond what I can help with and may have to click "help" down below and get some assistance from our support folks!


message 36: by Noel (new)

Noel Kelly Sean wrote: "Noel,

Technologically, the update is trivial. Kindle Fire runs on Android too.

The reason is the Kindle device is an Amazon device. They don't want to support Android devices to the detriment of..."


That would seem a monumentally stupid reason, frankly, I would expect more from Amazon, to be honest. If they were in some way trying to protect their Kindle sales, why supply an update to the Kindle's #1 ebook reading competitor in the iPad? Either way, what Goodreads is ostensibly doing is alienating a significant portion of its users, I couldn't care less why, I care that they're doing it at all.


message 37: by Geli (new)

Geli Not sure I'm excited about this. Why would I want good reads on my cellphone? I really hope that the App doesn't get cluttered even more. The last update kindle app on Win8 made was so bad I deleted the whole thing after 5 minutes.


message 38: by Per Gunnar (new)

Per Gunnar And the Windows 8.1 Kindle app will be ignored by Amazon as usual or...?


message 39: by Sean (new)

Sean O Noel,

"Monumentally stupid reason."

Welcome to Amazon. Amazon cant ignore Apple because of the market share on phones and tablets. But they seem to have no problem ignoring Android and Windows and Blackberry.

I predicted that Amazon buying goodreads would be bad news. Unlike Zappos, goodreads doesnt sell anything, so Amazon will tinker it to death making it their house tool. See also: Shelfari.


message 40: by Noel (new)

Noel Kelly Sean wrote: "Noel,
Amazon cant ignore Apple because of the market share on phones and tablets."


Market share in America. I understand Amazon is an American company, but they're a multinational and alienating such a broad customer base where Android dominates (Europe, and further afield, and lets not forget, Android hold a significant portion of the American market too) seems such an egregious error that I can't believe a company like Amazon would commit. This move in no way benefits Amazon or Goodreads, and in return, earns them a lot of irritated customers with Android. Again though, I don't care why they're doing it, I care that they're doing it at all. I'd much rather make a complaint (as many others on the Play store have) than settle for the status quo anyway.


message 41: by Mahayla (new)

Mahayla I bought the new kindle HD and I love where it posts to Goodreads for me! I wish my old kindle did too. Maybe they will do an update???


message 42: by Patsy (new)

Patsy Sean wrote: "It's clear to me that Amazon's priorities are for Goodreads apps are: Kindles first, iOS second, Android third.

This is what happens when Amazon owns Goodreads. Any Android-based improvement will ..."


I hate to disagree with you Sean but their priorities are NOT for ALL Kindles first. I have a Kindle Fire HD 8.9' 1st generation. I've had it since it came out but all the apps Amazon has put out is for 2nd generation. I have sent numerous emails asking for thuis to be rectified and was told they had no plans to make the app available for 1st gen. It was suggested i buy a newer version to get what I wanted. So yeah, maybe Amazon's priorities are for Kindle first, just NOT 1st generation Kindle Fires. I feel like I'm being blackmailed into buying a newer generation....Amazon will give me "this", what others have, if I spend a bunch more money for a newer version when what I have is still working great and still has more than 3/4 of space still available even though I have over 1000 books on it. So NOT feeling like a priority here.


message 43: by Lynsey A (new)

Lynsey A Patsy - I absolutely agree with you. I have the 1st gen Kindle Fire HD and if I want the goodreads integration I have to spend another $400 or so to get that. While I have an Android phone with a goodreads app that is so crappy I end up using the web to do any updates via my phone. I've posted about this before and told they aren't ignoring these requests but frankly they are since it's been over a year since I posted about that. The goodreads app for android is crappy, yet they can update it to show the Best books of 2014. They can't even get it so you can see all of your shelves when trying to add a book. Sucks!


message 44: by John Runyon (new)

John Runyon Sean wrote: "It's clear to me that Amazon's priorities are for Goodreads apps are: Kindles first, iOS second, Android third.

This is what happens when Amazon owns Goodreads. Any Android-based improvement will ..."


Except they ignored the Kindles.


message 45: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Maher Still not available on Android or outside the US?


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