Got a Kindle E-reader? Now Your Goodreads Want to Read List Is on the Kindle Home Page!

Posted by Sukhesh Miryala on February 03, 2016
If you read on a Kindle ereader, we know that moment you are thinking of: You've just finished a book, and you're ready for another. Now we've made it even easier to access your Goodreads to-read list! We worked with the Kindle team, and the latest Kindle ereader software update puts your Goodreads Want to Read list (and if you have one, your Amazon Wish List) front and center on the Kindle Home page. Goodreads is great at helping you find your next favorite book—now it will be simpler than ever to start reading it!


See what your Goodreads friends are reading, right from your Kindle.

Seeing what friends are reading is one of our favorite ways to discover new books on Goodreads. The new Kindle ereader Home screen rotates to show you personalized recommendations and books your Goodreads friends are reading, along with a profile photo of a friend who has it their shelves. Tap on the profile photo to see more friend activity around the book, including your friends' reviews. Tap on the book itself to download a sample or purchase and start reading! Books are always better with friends.


Our 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 last two generations of Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, India, UK, Ireland, and Australia in the coming weeks. Can't wait? You can also visit Fire & Kindle Software Updates to download it manually now.

Wondering when your country or device will get this? Goodreads is currently available on the latest versions of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets in the United States, Canada, India, UK, Ireland, and Australia. We don't have details to share about other devices or about introducing Goodreads to Kindle e-readers or Fire tablets in other countries at this time. However, our goal is to provide the Goodreads experience on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.

Let us know what you think of these new features!

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message 1: by AH (new)

AH What if I want to opt out? My to read list is massive.


message 2: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?


message 3: by Claire (new)

Claire Is this in the UK too? Or just the US?


message 4: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Claire wrote: "Is this in the UK too? Or just the US?"

"Our 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 last two generations of Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, India, UK, Ireland, and Australia in the coming weeks."


message 5: by Sukhesh (new)

Sukhesh Miryala Claire wrote: "Is this in the UK too? Or just the US?"

Hi Claire -- the update is available in the UK, too!


message 6: by Gigi Ann (new)

 Gigi Ann My "Want To Read" list on Goodreads is made up of books I've already bought, therefore this does me no good. I'm not interested in buying, I'm interested in reading what I've already bought.


message 7: by Tal (new)

Tal Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Nyssa if your paperwhite has the Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle one then you are probably 6th generation and will get the update.


message 8: by Sukhesh (new)

Sukhesh Miryala Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Hi Nyssa,

Unfortunately, the update isn't available for the Paperwhite 2 at this moment.

Sukhesh


message 9: by Robert (new)

Robert Owens I love this, but as I have found the Kindle Touch was released and then abandoned immediately. No need to "upgrade" as it does what I want, but not this new feature.

From Amazon's POV, it should make it available on as many devices as it can because the easier it is for me to click on a title, the easier it is for Amazon to get paid.


message 10: by Nyssa (last edited Feb 03, 2016 02:26PM) (new)

Nyssa Sukhesh wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Hi Nyssa,

Unfortunately, the update isn't available for the Paperwhite 2 at this moment.

Sukhesh"


Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Nyssa if your paperwhite has the Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle one then you are probably 6th generation ..."


It does have the Amazon logo, and I have the previous GR capabilities - like recommendations, and status updates.


message 11: by Tal (new)

Tal Nyssa wrote: "Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Nyssa if your paperwhite has the Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle one then you are probably 6th generation ..."

It does have the amazon logo, and I have the previous GR capabilities - like recommendations, and status updates. "


Then you have the 6th generation kindle also referred to as Paperwhite 2 released in fall of 2013. Since they said the update would go out to the last two generations of Paperwhites this means 6th and 7th generation e-readers.


message 12: by Rasha (new)

Rasha It doesn't work in France :(


message 13: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Nyssa if your paperwhite has the Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle one then you ar..."


Thank you! I'm hoping then that Sukhesh's comment means that while I won't be in the first wave of updates, that it will be available later on.


message 14: by Lashuri (new)

Lashuri Chan I guess you can't use it if you have the free kindle for PC version huh?


message 15: by Tal (new)

Tal Nyssa wrote: "Thank you! I'm hoping then that Sukhesh's comment means that while I won't be in the first wave of updates, that it will be available later on."

I'm not sure what timetable Amazon has for pushing out the updates but since I never leave my Paperwhite connected to wireless I grab the updates manually from Amazon. This is where I download the latest firmware: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custome...

If you are unsure of your device generation I wouldn't advise anyone else do it manually.


Dayle (the literary llama) When I got the first update for Goodreads on my kindle paperwhite, it would automatically sync a finished book to Goodreads, which I hated. I love being able to look through my shelves and my to-read list to keep track of what I'm reading, but when I finish a book, I want to use an actual computer to write a full review and rating. My Kindle would jump the gun and post it to my goodreads wall before I was ready. Also, I read a lot of small short stories and free reads that I don't add to my Goodreads, and it would post these without my okay. I eventually just turned off the Goodreads function on Kindle. Has the newer version changed at all, do I have the option to not post every single book or pick and choose what I update from my kindle?


message 17: by Sukhesh (new)

Sukhesh Miryala Nyssa wrote: "Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "Tal wrote: "Nyssa wrote: "I have a Paperwhite 2, cira 2013, will I receive the update?"

Nyssa if your paperwhite has the Amazon logo on the back instead of the Kindle one..."


Apologies, I misunderstood your comment. If you do indeed have a 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite (which was released late 2013) you will definitely be getting the update.


message 18: by Georgene (new)

Georgene WHY do I "need" this? I keep few books on my "Wish List" or "Want to Read" list. I never know when I finish one book what I want to read next. I have several hundred books in my home & a few on my Kindle app to chose from. What I WANT to read varies from day to day.


message 19: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Sukhesh wrote: "Apologies, I misunderstood your comment. If you do indeed have a 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite (which was released late 2013) you will definitely be getting the update. "

Thank you for confirming. I tried looking up the exact generation based on my serial number, and all I saw was Paperwhite 2 2013. That was also the only info on the actual order on Amazon.

Tal wrote: "I'm not sure what timetable Amazon has for pushing out the updates but since I never leave my Paperwhite connected to wireless I grab the updates manually from Amazon. This is where I download the latest firmware: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custome...

If you are unsure of your device generation I wouldn't advise anyone else do it manually."


Thank you, again.


message 20: by Tal (new)

Tal Nyssa wrote: "I tried looking up the exact generation based on my serial number, and all I saw was Paperwhite 2 2013. That was also the only info on the actual order on Amazon."

Try this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom... but if you have the Amazon logo on back you are 6th

I just updated my firmware and OMG it's worth it just for the new quick menu! super fast access to wireless on/off and brightness settings, yay! As for the new layout of the home screen it's not really bad and it's actually displaying my amazon wishlist in a tasteful little side window on the right, only 3 book titles with the option to click more.


message 21: by Atunah (new)

Atunah If you don't want it, you can turn it off in settings on the kindle. You turn off the home page view and just have the list of your books as before, with a bit nicer overall design.

For those that want to turn it off
Settings-->Device Options-->Personalize your Kindle-->Advanced Options-->turn top button( Home Page View) on or off

I like the new home page view, but I wish I could designate the shelf shown in the reading lists. I have my own exclusive shelves I would prefer to use. I don't really have that much on the want to read one anymore.
But overall the integration now is much nicer and faster on my Voyage, I like it. THe recommendation feature on goodreads is also neat. As it uses star ratings I gave so it has a purpose.


message 22: by Tal (new)

Tal I actually don't use the GR to-read shelf so it just shows my Amazon wishlist which is perfect since that's where I manage my book buys and priority. The new version is slightly faster too, much more responsive.


message 23: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Vanden Avond Does this work for the Amazon Fire?


message 24: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Tal wrote: "I just updated my firmware and OMG it's worth it just for the new quick menu! super fast access to wireless on/off and brightness settings, yay! As for the new layout of the home screen it's not really bad and it's actually displaying my amazon wishlist in a tasteful little side window on the right, only 3 book titles with the option to click more. "

Thank you for encouraging me to update this manually. I've only played around with it for a few seconds, but I like it!

Like many people, I use my "Want to Read" shelf for books already in my possession, but UI think having it on the homescreen will help to remind me of what's waiting on my TBR pile (and curb any impulse buys).
If, however, there is a book I know I want to get from my Wishlist, I can just switch over and get what I want.

Awesome! :)


message 25: by Donna (new)

Donna Is this update available for Kindle Fire HD 7?


message 26: by Tal (new)

Tal Jacob wrote: "Does this work for the Amazon Fire?"

Donna wrote: "Is this update available for Kindle Fire HD 7?"

I only saw firmware updates for the e-readers not the tablets (Fire's) and the blog post specifically says "E-reader" so probably not yet.

Kindle E-readers are the Kindle, Paperwhite & Voyage devices.


message 27: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Received an unexpected surprise -- the book I'm currently reading showed x-ray as being disabled, but it is fully functioning now, after the update!
I also love that you see the page you're on, the total number of pages, time left in chapter and percentage when you tap the screen to pull up the UI (to bookmark your spot, for instance).


message 28: by KritikaB (new)

KritikaB This is great!! But is it available on all Kindle model?


message 29: by Sukhesh (new)

Sukhesh Miryala Jacob wrote: "Does this work for the Amazon Fire?"

Hi Jacob,

This update is just for Kindle e-Readers, so it will not work for Fire devices.

Sukhesh


message 30: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi It's so sad that's I'm excited that my Fire is not eligible for this. This is not something I need or want. My precious is fine just how it is.


message 31: by Katie (new)

Katie Well, I got the GR ap for my Kindle Fire thinking it was going to be like the phone ap and it is even more basic than that. You can't go to groups, you can't add new friends, new followers and more. It, basically, is just so you can review/rate your book. Pretty disappointed.


message 32: by Björn (new)

Björn Why not Germany?


message 33: by Nicole (new)

Nicole What would be amazing is if you guys could partner with Amazon to alert kindle users when a book on their "to read" list goes on sale.


Elizabeth (Alaska) This is why I don't us the To Read shelf at Goodreads - because they would try to turn it into some sort of sales tool.


message 35: by skw (new)

skw Nicole wrote: "What would be amazing is if you guys could partner with Amazon to alert kindle users when a book on their "to read" list goes on sale."

That WOULD be amazing. THAT's a feature I would use.


message 36: by Nell (last edited Feb 04, 2016 08:17AM) (new)

Nell Atunah wrote: "If you don't want it, you can turn it off in settings on the kindle. You turn off the home page view and just have the list of your books as before, with a bit nicer overall design.

For those tha..."


Thanks for the information. Though GR and Amazon say this if for readers, it's really to drive sales. I will definitely disable this feature. It would be more helpful if we could choose the GR list that's displayed (or none at all). My To Read list is huge.


message 37: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa It only shows 3 books at a time on the home screen. You can then click on the area to see more.

I find it interesting that people are "upset" that two, for profit companies, are trying to do just that - make a profit. As I stated earlier, for me personally, it will help to remind me of what I already own. That translates to less money spent, which is very beneficial to my bank account.


message 38: by Shawna (new)

Shawna Mikesell I like this idea, but I organize my "to read" list in number order, (I move books up and down the list all the time, and sometimes I just grab the first one for a surprise) from what I can tell, this is random order or recently added to "want to read". So it really isnt helping me at all. I will still use the ipad or computer to look up what is next on my list to read. I wish goodreads on the kindle was more like goodreads on the computer.


message 39: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Heidenberg Ok I have a question for goodreads users. When I finish reading a book I automatically go onto my goodreads from either the app on my kindle fire or the app on my phone, and I move my book that I've just read from my "to-read" shelf to to "read" shelf. Has anyone else encountered a problem where the book will be moved to the correct shelf but won't have an associated "read date" and therefore not count for my reading challenge unless i go on a computer and manually add a read date? This infuriates me because I rarely go onto the goodreads website but I really want an accurate representation for my yearly reading goal. Can anyone help? I don't understand why it wouldn't default the day i add the book to my read shelf and the day i finished reading the book.


message 40: by Erin (new)

Erin W Katie wrote: "Well, I got the GR ap for my Kindle Fire thinking it was going to be like the phone ap and it is even more basic than that. You can't go to groups, you can't add new friends, new followers and more..."

You also can't, as far as I can figure, update your reading progress, which is annoying because I am reading ON the Kindle and would like to just update my progress right there. Goodreads is one of several apps that work so poorly on the Kindle Fire that instead I open a browser and use the internet version.


message 41: by David (new)

David Updated the firmware in my Kindle manually, but no sign of any GR integration (in the UK).


message 42: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Allyn An even better section would be books on your to read list that have deals going.


message 43: by Amy (Other Amy) (new)

Amy (Other Amy) Wow, I was about to gripe that you are focusing on things like this instead of the requests we ask for, but it's clear quite a few people want this. To each our own. I am glad there's a way to turn it off.

Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "This is why I don't us the To Read shelf at Goodreads - because they would try to turn it into some sort of sales tool."

My reaction as well. I suddenly feel the time and effort I spent zeroing that to-read shelf at the close of the year was very well invested.


message 44: by Diane U (new)

Diane U My to-read list on Goodreads is for all the books I have already purchased. My wish list on Amazon is for all the books I may want to buy. I hope there is an option to pick which one we want.


message 45: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Yes Diane, you can choose.


message 46: by Baker (last edited Feb 04, 2016 12:11PM) (new)

Baker Mike Romeo I just installed the update so I could have a look at the new interface on my paperwhite, and I'm afraid that I don't dig it. I feel like there's a lot of wasted space, and you can't keep it all in text view mode. If it'd show my recent books in list view, and then just had links to my GR shelves at the bottom, that'd be perfect.

Worst of all, though, is the recommendations across the bottom occasionally turning into a big Kindle Unlimited billboard. Hey, Amazon, remember when I gave y'all twenty bucks to not have ads on the home page any more? Because I remember. >:\

On the upside, the list view still works fine, and the new UI is pretty sharp looking.

EDIT: removed some repetition.


message 47: by Tal (new)

Tal Erin wrote: "You also can't, as far as I can figure, update your reading progress, which is annoying because I am reading ON the Kindle and would like to just update my progress right there. "

Sure you can. I've been doing that on both my PW & Fire for over a year. What generation Fire do you have?


message 48: by Jim (new)

Jim I've got a Paperwhite 2 (2013) and I've just updated the firmware, but still no sign of Goodreads. Is there some other step you have to do to enable it?

(I'm in Ireland)


message 49: by Jim (new)

Jim Joshua wrote: "Jim wrote: "I've got a Paperwhite 2 (2013) and I've just updated the firmware, but still no sign of Goodreads. Is there some other step you have to do to enable it?

(I'm in Ireland)"

Try deregist..."


Thanks Joshua, I'll try that!


message 50: by Jakub (last edited Feb 13, 2016 07:38PM) (new)

Jakub Well done, it looks really good! So time for upgrade has finally come - I have 1st gen Paperwhite and I have to say that goodreads integration in this model is somewhat dissatisfying.


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