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Now You Can See Your Goodreads Friends’ Updates – Right in Kindle for iOS (U.S. Members)

Posted by Eric Franklin on September 06, 2016
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge”

Are you a Kindle reader? We have more good news for you! Today, we’re introducing Goodreads Updates inside Kindle for iOS. Seeing and discussing what your friends are reading is now just one tap away in the same app where you read your books.

Books, Books, and More Books!
With Goodreads Updates in Kindle for iOS, you can see your friends’ latest updates about books they are reading and want to read, reviews and ratings of books they’ve read, quotes that were significant to them in the books they’re reading, and more.

Want additional ideas on books to read? (And why wouldn’t you?!) Right underneath each update, you’ll also see the other books your friend has added to that same shelf. For example, if your friend just marked a new book as “Want to Read,” you’ll see and can quickly swipe through the other books she wants to read. It’s all designed for serendipity – helping you find more delightful moments when you discover a book you might have missed, or are reminded of a book you’ve been meaning to read.


Spark a Discussion with Likes and Comments
Notice a friend has started reading one of your favorite books? Like it and let her know. Use the comments to ask questions, share a different perspective, or have a “you too?” moment with your friends.


Instantly Start Reading
We often hear from Goodreads members that learning about new books from friends is one of the top ways they discover new books to read. Has a book your friend is reading caught your interest? With one tap you can download a free sample…and then just start reading. ☺

Tip: When using Kindle for iOS, remember that you can’t buy books directly inside the app. Here’s a handy reminder on how to buy Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad:
1) Open the Kindle Store in Safari (http://amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks). Better yet – save it as a bookmark on your home screen.
2) Search for your book
3) Tap “Buy now with 1-click”

I want to use it now! How do I get it?
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 the app. Alternatively, click here to go to Goodreads.com, and scroll to the Amazon section to connect your accounts.
3) Open up the app and click on “goodreads” in the top navigation bar to see your Goodreads Updates.

Didn’t you just add some other new Goodreads + Kindle features last month?
Yes! This is the latest in a series of new features making reading with Kindle even better for Goodreads members. Check out Auto-Updates on Kindle for iOS and Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads—stay tuned for more to come.

How does this work with the Goodreads app?
Both apps work in harmony with each other. Just as we’ve done with Kindle E-readers and Fire tablets, we’re bringing the Goodreads features most closely associated with reading right into the Kindle for iOS experience. When you want to use more of the rich set of features Goodreads has to offer, just open up the Goodreads iOS app. Remember that to access Goodreads features on Kindle for iOS, Kindle E-readers, and Fire tablets, you need to link your Goodreads account to Amazon. To do this on Goodreads.com, click here and scroll to the Amazon section.

How do I control what my friends see from me in their Goodreads Updates?
As always, you have full control over what you share on Goodreads. Books, quotes, reviews and other items only appear if you decide to share them. And any time you want to double check what you have shared, you can go to your Goodreads profile on the Goodreads apps or on Goodreads.com. You can find more information here.

When will Goodreads Updates be available for Kindle for iOS users outside the U.S.?
We will announce additional marketplaces as we roll them out. Currently, Goodreads Updates is available for U.S. customers who have an Amazon.com account and have linked their Goodreads and Amazon accounts. (You can link them here.)

When will Goodreads be integrated into Kindle for Android?
We will share more information when it’s available. In the meantime, you can use the free Goodreads Android app to see your Goodreads Updates.

Ready to check it out? Download the latest version of Kindle for iOS here.

Let us know what you think!

Comments (showing 1-39 of 39) (39 new)

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Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR.


message 2: by Tiana (new)

Tiana Good concept, if there was some way to filter the updates. I'm friends with a lot of people, so I like my feed to be my top friends and people I'm following. In the Kindle app, it shows everyone, which can be overwhelming.


message 3: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones Agreed, I'd like more control on what updates we see in our full newsfeed (like Facebook allows). It can get cluttered.


message 4: by Ross (last edited Sep 07, 2016 05:16PM) (new)

Ross Okay... so um... when will I be able to update my progress on physical paper books from my kindle as well? Because, as minor as that is, it matters more to me than whatever this is supposed to be.

*Edit* Yeah, and to be clear, as an android user, I don't care about having GR on my Kindle app.... because I have the GR app. When I want to access GR, I go to the GR app.


♡ One Click Romance ♡ When will this be available for android devices? I for one love this. I really hate having to stop reading a book to update my progress through the Goodreads app or web page.


message 6: by Adam (last edited Sep 07, 2016 05:38PM) (new)

Adam As others have said, the Android Goodreads app needs some major overhauling. Having to log into the website version of GR to actually do anything like shelf management is a pain (app is read only). This *is* an awesome development for Kindle for iOS, definitely adds to the social aspect.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura I don't really need to turn my kindle into a social media "here is what everybody else is doing" device. I have the GR app on my phone and my home page is GR on my computer's browser. My kindle is for reading books -- that's it.

I hope there is lots of control over how this works, including how to shut it off.


message 8: by mills♥ (new)

mills♥ Good concept, I will use it. Not really needed. But nice idea.


message 9: by Becky (last edited Sep 08, 2016 06:53AM) (new)

Becky I love goodreads just as it is. I'm not into alot of social media crap and this to me is just another headache. I'll stick with my goodreads on my kindle and phone, nothing else needed!


message 10: by BAC (new)

BAC Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

If you don't authorize amazon then it won't be on your kindle. You have full control and nothing will automatically be added.


message 11: by Kainat (new)

Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》 Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

I second that, Jenn!


message 12: by Peg (new)

Peg Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

I completely agree!


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR." This is how I feel....do not want extra stuff on my Kindle


message 14: by Shannon (new)

Shannon This is great but why not make is so I can update goodreads with my reading progress from inside Kindle or its apps.


message 15: by Janymae (new)

Janymae Why would you want to fix something that isn't broken?


message 16: by Lena (last edited Sep 09, 2016 08:04AM) (new)

Lena I like the black background and that it's an easy separate access on my kindle app but it absolutely sucks that you can't see images on reviews.


message 17: by Ruslan (new)

Ruslan Laura wrote: "I don't really need to turn my kindle into a social media "here is what everybody else is doing" device. I have the GR app on my phone and my home page is GR on my computer's browser. My kindle is ..."

To see your Goodreads feed in Kindle, you actually have to go tap on a dedicated button in the navigation bar on the main screen. So it won't interfere with your reading, and you can choose when (and if) you want to check it out.


message 18: by Jan (new)

Jan Laura wrote: "I don't really need to turn my kindle into a social media "here is what everybody else is doing" device. I have the GR app on my phone and my home page is GR on my computer's browser. My kindle is ..."

It sounds like this is only for the IOS app. If you are using a traditional kindle I don't think this upgrade with have an effect. I do know that my Kindle updated recently. I don't remember if there was any new goodreads stuff. Hmm, going to have to look.


message 19: by Portia (new)

Portia Who. Cares


message 20: by Melissa (new)

Melissa When goodreads first showed up on my kindle forever ago (I don't remember when), I ended up having to completely restore my kindle. This looks good, even though I mostly read print which I prefer, but I'm terrified of going through that mess again. Maybe someday I'll try it.


message 21: by Lena (new)

Lena J. D. I agree, and have lamented with friends many times, the Goodreads App needs a major overhaul. I toggle between the app and safari on my iPhone. Currently on safari, lol.


message 22: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Adam wrote: "As others have said, the Android Goodreads app needs some major overhauling. Having to log into the website version of GR to actually do anything like shelf management is a pain (app is read only)...."

Agreed. The Droid Goodreads app is big sux. Navigation is horrible, editing profile, forget about it. It's even a pain to read comments of the post I follow.

Why does Droid get so much hate? Is IOS the favorite son, and droid the step child?
:)


message 23: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

Jenn - you should be able to go to your Kindle settings and disconnect Goodreads if you don't want it.


message 24: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

You don't have to use it. You barely notice it in the upper right-hand corner.


message 25: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Portia wrote: "Who. Cares"

If you don't care then there is no reason for you to comment. Others may care.


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Elyse wrote: "Portia wrote: "Who. Cares"

If you don't care then there is no reason for you to comment. Others may care."


I was kinda thinking that same thing. I think some people like to hate on stuff in the anonymity of the internet cause its like a freedom they can't have in person. Most times I don't think they even realize what they are doing.


message 27: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Greg wrote: "Elyse wrote: "Portia wrote: "Who. Cares"

If you don't care then there is no reason for you to comment. Others may care."

I was kinda thinking that same thing. I think some people like to hate on ..."


Yes, we call them trolls. :/


message 28: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Elyse wrote: "Greg wrote: "Elyse wrote: "Portia wrote: "Who. Cares"
"

Ahh.. good call, Elyse. I don't think I ever realized what a "troll" is. I always thought that was a cyper-stalker but this make more sense.



message 29: by Dracula (new)

Dracula Raupe I read the post and sound little good idea. But I don't have phone or tablets. I use my laptop have kindle books. I mostly read the book all the time. I typed the book (kindle book) title name then started to processing to read right now and I have two kindle books recently. But not finish to read the two kindle books. :)


message 30: by Eric, Product Artisan (new)

Eric Franklin J.D. wrote:

"(-) Almost all of my friends are from outside of the U.S., and none of those friends show up on this Goodreads-within-Kindle feature. This means that ..."


J.D. Thanks for the writeup! I'm confused by your first con though. While you need to be a Kindle US customer to access the feed, the activities in the feed itself are not filtered by where the customer is located. Please contacts our support team if you are missing updates you would expect to be seeing.


message 31: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Debra wrote: "I read the post and sound little good idea. But I don't have phone or tablets. I use my laptop have kindle books. I mostly read the book all the time. I typed the book (kindle book) title name then..."

You read you're Kindle books on laptop? Oh Debra, you really should get a Kindle. You can get a basic one for cheap, and they are so much easier on your eyes. Not to mention the ease of carrying them around.


message 32: by Dracula (new)

Dracula Raupe Greg wrote: "Debra wrote: "I read the post and sound little good idea. But I don't have phone or tablets. I use my laptop have kindle books. I mostly read the book all the time. I typed the book (kindle book) t..."

Yes, I'm Kindle books on laptop. Yeah, but I can't afford tablet or phone too. I still still look for it cheap price for tablet or phone. Or get free. I don't know what to do.


message 33: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Holy Cow! Are people really so obsessed with the goings-on of others?


message 34: by Elise (new)

Elise Stone No. Just no.

When I'm reading a book, I don't want to be distracted by social media AT ALL. That's why I do most of my reading on my Paperwhite. If there's not a way to turn this feature off in Kindle for iOS, I'll be deleting the app from my iPad.


message 35: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Elise wrote: "No. Just no.

When I'm reading a book, I don't want to be distracted by social media AT ALL. That's why I do most of my reading on my Paperwhite. If there's not a way to turn this feature off in Ki..."


It's in the upper right hand corner. You never have to click on it.


message 36: by Marco (new)

Marco When is the Android version going to be released?


message 37: by Charles (new)

Charles Robinson From what I can see you have to click the GR link within the Kindle app on iOS to see these updates. Just don't click it and you don't have to worry about it.


message 38: by J (new)

J I like it. When will you integrate the Audible app w/goodreads?


message 39: by Marv (new)

Marv Jenn wrote: "This bothers me. Extra stuff on my kindle I really do not need. I just want to read on my kindle. Not have it turn into GR."

Don't worry, Jenn, they're talking about Kindle on iOS, which is the iPhone Operating System used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, not on the Kindle device.


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