Goodreads is a social cataloging website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions.
The website's offices are located in San Francisco. The company is currently owned by the online retailer Amazon. It was founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri.
Why It's Fresh
- Comes with social network features such as discussions, ratings, reviews, messaging.
- Readers can interact with authors via interviews, giveaways, blogs, and profile information.
- There’s also a special section reserved for providing authors with suggestions on how to promote their work.
- Authors who aren’t officially connected to Goodreads also have their own profile on the site.
- It helps you keep track of books you have read.
- The Goodreads challenge can also encourage people to read more.
- Friends on the site can help recommend more books as people usually find reviews written by someone they know more convincing.
- Users can keep track of what their friends have read and how many books they have read.
- Its search engine allows you to find quotes from any available book, which saves you the trouble of flicking through an entire book for one phrase.
- It has a fair review aggregation which helps prevent situations where a book becomes overrated or underrated by a large margin.
- Like most other social websites, Goodreads is not free of toxic users or fanboys.
- Not all reviews are reliable, as some books can be rated even before they are released.