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Read with Kindle on Your iPhone or iPad? Now It’s Even Easier to Share What You’re Reading on Goodreads! (U.S. Members)

Posted by Eric Franklin on July 20, 2016
“To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.” – Haruki Murakami


Don't you love walking into a friend's home and scoping out the contents of their bookshelves? Discovering what other members have read is one of the main ways Goodreads helps readers connect with one another. And if you read with the free Kindle app for iOS, we’ve made it even easier to add books to your Goodreads shelves and share what you’re reading with your Goodreads friends!

You do the reading, we’ll shelve it for you
With the latest update to the Kindle app for iOS, you’ll have the option to automatically mark each book as “Currently Reading” when you start it and as “Read” when you finish. Just switch it on, and your Updates Feed will show your friends each time you start and finish reading a book in the Kindle app.

We believe books are better with friends, and this feature is another example of how we’re making it easier for Goodreads members who read on Kindle to share and talk about the books they’re reading.

Switch on, switch off—you decide
As always, we give you full control. Every time you start or finish a book, you have the ability to toggle this on or off.  So it’s easy to keep on for most of the books you read, switch off when you start a book you’d prefer to keep private, and turn back on whenever you’re ready.

Auto-update inside the about this book feature

Use auto-update to nail your 2016 Reading Challenge!
Auto-update ensures that every Kindle book you read counts towards your challenge, so all you have to do is watch your progress bar move closer to your goal. (And if this is the final incentive you needed to sign up for the Challenge, head over to the Reading Challenge page and set your goal.)

Reading Challenge progress
Now you’ll never forget to add a book to your Reading Challenge goal!


How do I switch this on?
This feature is part of the latest update for the free Kindle for iOS app, available for download here.

To set your Kindle for iOS app to automatically add the books you read to your Goodreads shelves, follow these three steps:

1)  Download the latest version of the free Kindle for iOS app.
2)  If you haven’t already, link your Goodreads account to the app by going to Settings in your Kindle for iOS app. Alternatively, click here to go to Goodreads.com, and scroll to the Amazon section to connect your accounts.
3)  The next time you open a new book to read, a prompt will appear in About This Book asking if you would like to automatically mark your books as “Currently Reading.” Set this to “On” and let the app update your bookshelves for you! You have the option of switching this off every time you start a book.

Can I add my book to custom shelves in the Kindle app for iOS?
Not yet—today’s launch allows you to add books to the three primary exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read) from inside the Kindle app for iOS. You can always add a book to one of your custom shelves in the Goodreads apps or on the desktop site.

What about people who read on Kindle outside of the United States?
Today, this feature is only available in the Kindle app for iOS for US members only. Our goal is to make this available to all Goodreads members who read on Kindle, but we don’t have specific timing to share.


Comments (showing 1-15 of 15) (15 new)

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message 1: by David (new)

David Will this be available for UK users sometime.


message 2: by Francesco (new)

Francesco Will this share the update in Facebook too?


message 3: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Going to do this for Nook readers too? Or just Kindle since Amazon bought Goodreads?


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris  "Gunner" McGrath David wrote: "Will this be available for UK users sometime."

Last Paragraph: Today, this feature is only available in the Kindle app for iOS for US members only. Our goal is to make this available to all Goodreads members who read on Kindle, but we don’t have specific timing to share.


message 5: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Len What about nook or a Samsung tablet?


message 6: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Len Sandi wrote: "Going to do this for Nook readers too? Or just Kindle since Amazon bought Goodreads?"

Amazon bought Goodreads? Sigh.... I do not 'like' Amazon in the strongest way possible!


message 7: by Roykirk (new)

Roykirk I don't suppose that feature could be added to the Audible apps as well?


message 8: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Tricia wrote: "Sandi wrote: "Going to do this for Nook readers too? Or just Kindle since Amazon bought Goodreads?"

Amazon bought Goodreads? Sigh.... I do not 'like' Amazon in the strongest way possible!"


Amazon has owned Goodreads since 2013.


message 9: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Len Makes sense that I didn't know... I was off the internet for three years...


Don (The Book Guy) I do not like it
said Sam I am.

Another example of how Goodreads sold their soul out to Amazon.


message 11: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Len I expect that there will be instant book buying from Amazon soon....sigh... can't have anything nice.


message 12: by Rinji (new)

Rinji How can I do this on my Kindle Paper White?


message 13: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra You guys should also give more emphasis to Android Kindle Apps. As more than 60% people reading oj it.


message 14: by Cristopher (new)

Cristopher Tricia wrote: "Makes sense that I didn't know... I was off the internet for three years..."

There's an off the internet?


message 15: by Yuthana (new)

Yuthana Patumsima Hi


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