Announcing KINDLR, the New Goodreads Dating App!

Posted by Otis Chandler on April 1, 2015
Have you ever fallen in love with someone's Favorites shelf? Or felt a flicker of kinship over the fact that you both have the same books on your To-Read list? Literary lonely hearts, you're in luck! Goodreads is pleased to announce the release of KINDLR, an exciting new dating app exclusively for Goodreads members.

Like everything else we do at Goodreads, KINDLR was a passion project from start to finish. Several members of the Goodreads team are single and dating in San Francisco, and they were getting a little too familiar with profile photos of girls in fake mustaches and guys cradling baby tigers or dancing shirtless at Burning Man. "We realized that we'd need to either change our lifestyles, or change the way that we date," says Project Manager Andreas Ernst.

Are you ready to change the way that you date?

With the red-hot new Goodreads dating app, KINDLR, your love matches are based on your book choices. Once you download the app, which is currently available on all Android and iOS devices, you will be matched with other book lovers in your area with the help of our proprietary algorithm that has already helped connect millions of Goodreads members with their next great book.

You will be shown a potential match and, based on their bookshelves, you can swipe right on the heart icon to indicate your interest, or swipe left on the 'x' icon to move on to the next person. If you are both interested, you will be connected within the KINDLR app and shown a photo of your potential library-mate. You also have the ability to message one another.

Tips: Tap on a shelf name to scroll through the books on that shelf. The icons at the top right of the bookshelves box are another way to get some insight on a potential love. For example, Davy F. has 182 books shelved, 33 books in common with Jocelyn, and a 42% book match percentage.

KINDLR is currently stoking bookish flames in three beta cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Do you want KINDLR to come to your city? Tell us where! Which book would make you think that you'd found your literary soulmate? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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message 1: by Renate (new)

Renate Something tells me this is an april fools joke =_= but sadly this is the best idea ever

message 2: by Amy (new)

Amy I would definitely try this out if it was in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

message 4: by Novalynda (new)

Novalynda Black If this were real, it'd be the only dating app I'd ever use. You should consider making this for real. Just make it for Holland in general.

message 5: by Shaharina (new)

Shaharina sort like tinder?

message 6: by Paula M (new)

Paula M Renate wrote: "Something tells me this is an april fools joke =_= but sadly this is the best idea ever"

Haha. Agreed!

message 7: by Özlem (new)

Özlem Güzelharcan Ahh Goodreads! That would be great if it weren't a joke! Make it real soon! :)

message 8: by Helena (new)

Helena Ruiz fabra thanks by I still can't see my 2015 challenge in the app, only in the web. thank you

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

It's Pathetic how much I wish this were real

message 10: by Tiffani (new)

Tiffani Erickson Wow, see I'm the opposite. I think this isn't such a good idea and hope it is a joke, but then again, I cannot stand dating sites. I think they are stupid.

message 11: by Claude (new)

Claude I almost forgot it was April Fools' Day!

message 12: by Sarath (new)

Sarath Vellani Aaha.. Good ad on the 1st of April.

message 13: by Athena (new)

Athena Ugh I got so excited! D: Come to Hawaii! Be real!

message 14: by Athena (new)

Athena Ugh I got so excited! D: Come to Hawaii! Be real!

message 15: by Jeanie (new)

Jeanie Kenkel Is this a joke?

message 16: by Storm (new)

Storm Arashi Sorry I already have a man.

*Said Every Will Herondale fangirl ever*

But in all seriousness funny.

message 17: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Hahaha, good one!
"You and Elizabeth want to turn each other's pages!" --> priceless!

message 18: by Smitha (new)

Smitha If wishes were horses.......

Bookkitten (collector of nice things) Can I has the app in Germany, too, please ;) ?

Happy April Fool´s Day, Goodreaders :D

message 20: by Ananya (new)

Ananya good one, gr !

message 21: by Nia (new)

Nia Oh Goodreads.

message 22: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Hahahaha good one GR, good one :D Happy April Fool´s Day guys...

message 23: by Savannah (new)

Savannah Jeez I want it asap....

message 24: by Suresh (new)

Suresh Belgundi The screenshots have the same time 4:32 PM, battery life of 84%. So simulated screenshots cannot fool good readers ;)

message 25: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Hahaha. Don't forget to put South Africa on the real list too!!

Well done GR. Best April fools so far today.

message 26: by Wafa (new)

Wafa good one GR ! hahaha

message 27: by Jacek (new)

Jacek Even though this is an April Fool's joke, I'd use it if it ever became a reality. ;)

message 28: by Pradeep (new)

Pradeep Venkatesh "You and Davy want to turn each other's pages" -- priceless.
:D Nice one!

message 29: by Matt (new)

Matt Fone Haha great april fools joke, had to think twice about it

message 30: by Rajan (new)

Rajan Wooow..... seems so appealing. Why can;t they just launch it globally?

message 31: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Tattersall I wish this was real.

message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

This is an April Fools joke, but how I wish it were real. *sighs

message 33: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne please come tomorrow back with the same news ;) then i mabey will believe it

Emma Rose Ribbons This is a bit too good for April's Fool. Wish it were true :)

message 36: by Sofia (new)

Sofia can this be true?

message 37: by Andrea (last edited Apr 01, 2015 03:31AM) (new)

Andrea Nope, not this time... I kept Jane Austen's Mirth and Mischief in my shelves just to remind me of your pranks. :P

message 38: by Cristina (new)

Cristina Hahaha Good one,guys ! Happy April Fool's !

message 39: by zoe (new)

zoe is it April fool loool

message 40: by Renee (new)

Renee oh dear lord save us all....YAY FOR US BOOKISH PEEPS!!! HA HA HA HA!!! April Fool's Everyone!!!

message 41: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious This really made me laugh. :D A cute April Fool's joke. Except for the 'merge shelves' thing, lol.

The funny thing is ... my special person and I actually share a lot of interests when it comes to reading.

message 42: by Simone (new)

Simone Obviously April Fools, but I really wish it wasn't, because this would have been kinda perfect.

message 43: by Michael (new)

Michael Reed Don't toy with my emotions, Goodreads... ;-)

νєяαℓι∂αιиє D'awwwww April Fools? :/ XD

message 45: by Anushka Sierra (new)

Anushka Sierra Not cool, Goodreads. Not cool. I totally want this now.

message 46: by zoe (new)

zoe Michael wrote: "Don't toy with my emotions, Goodreads... ;-)"

they did with mine

message 47: by D.G. (last edited Apr 01, 2015 03:57AM) (new)

D.G. Hahahaha! Hilarious!!! I love Lizzy's shelves!

Frivolity (32)
Stately Homes (2)
To Read For Mother (1)

I'm wondering what is the book she wants to read for Mrs. Bennet! Preparing Your Child for Dating? The Rules? When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends: Resolving the Most Complicated Relationship of Your Life?

message 48: by zoe (new)

zoe :((((((

message 49: by Vasilena (new)

Vasilena I so wish it was true :) :)

message 50: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Brown Even though this is not real, this would be amazing!!

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