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Media Literacy (goodreadscommedialiteracy) | 8 comments Mod
Goodreads is a social network for booklovers, but is also an excellent tool for readers advisory. Goodreads is highly accessible for those who have internet access and there is no user fee. The site offers a choice between signing up through existing facebook accounts or creating a new anonymous account. There is no subscription requirement so users do not have to sign in through a library. which is the case with the Novelist database. Librarything is free up to 200 books, where Goodreads allows for unlimited titles (About LibraryThing). Furthermore, Goodreads is geared towards a younger audience, with a focus on peer interaction. This is unlike Librarything, a comparable mixed reader’s advisory social network website. Their focus is on a cataloguing perspective, producing library quality data and personal catalogues (About LibraryThing).
There are several ways in which reader’s advisory comes through. Once a user has added twenty books, Goodreads generates recommendations. To receive these recommendations users may either review books or simply add them to their “to read” shelf. The recommendations are based on what your “peers” are reading. Their algorithm bases recommendations on what readers with similar taste like (Goodreads, “About Us”). This algorithm differs from more conventional reader’s advisory website, such as Novelist. Novelist recommends books using “professional librarians who understand readers advisory” in addition to subject headings (Novelist FAQ).
Goodreads is an excellent example of the emergence of online communities that foster sharing. In “Young Adult Literature Goes Digital: Will Teen Reading Ever Be the Same?”, Susan L. Groenke and Joellen Maples present Henry Jenkins’ ideas of convergence culture where content is shared across many formats (par. 9). Goodreads offers a platform for convergence culture where young adults can share content from print or e-book to the web, becoming active readers. Goodreads also creates an environment that encourages literacy. Jenkins argues that virtual communities require not only knowledge sharing but also an “intellectual demand” is placed on members (par. 27). As a virtual world, Goodreads contains many diverse opinions and backgrounds that users must learn to contend with. However, as Jenkins puts it, the allure of such a community comes from “epistemaphilia,” or the love of sharing knowledge (par. 27).

Works Cited

“About LibraryThing.” LibraryThing. n.p., n.d. Web. 24 November 2012.

Groenke, Susan L., & Maples, Joellen. “Young Adult Literature Goes Digital: Will Teen
Reading Ever Be the Same?” The Allan Review. 37.3 (2010): n. pag. Web. 24
November 2012.

Jenkins, Henry. Convergence culture: Where old and new media collide. New York: NYU
Press, 2006: Print.

“Novelist FAQ.” Novelist. EBSCO Publishing, n.d. Web. 24 November 2012.

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Media Literacy (goodreadscommedialiteracy) | 8 comments Mod
Is Goodreads a sufficient source for reader’s advisory?

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Media Literacy (goodreadscommedialiteracy) | 8 comments Mod
What do you think of “active reading”, where readers not only consume content but create it as well.

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